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In 1969 Margaret Atwood first addressed the world with her pro-feminist ideas As a direct result from encouragement and influence from literary mentors like Atwood feminism became the rage As the interest in womens rights heightened so did the tolerance and need for more strongly biased and feminist sided articles of literature In 1985 Margaret Atwood completed The Handmaids Tale and fueled the fight for equal rights no glass ceilings and occupational opportunities for women all over the world Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa Canada in 1939 and grew up in suburban Toronto where she was raised by her father who was a forest entomologist Atwood began writing in high school where she discovered her love and even knack for mythological irony She was influenced early on by the critic Northrop Frye who introduced her to the poetry of William Blake during her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto Draper 1995 Soon after graduating from the University of Toronto Atwood completed and published her first book of poetry Double Persephone Eight years later Atwood began writing novels and in 1969 she introduced herself to the world with her first novel The Edible Woman Draper 1995 Atwoods employment venue was not one that consisted primarily of writing Throughout this time period Atwood taught English at the University of British Colombia Victorian and American Literature at Sir George Williams University and creative writing at the University of Alberta Draper 1985 In 1969 Atwood was the first female recipient of the Governor Generals award the highest ranking Canadian award for literature Upon receiving this award Atwood became a victim of the press and had to relocate Her and her husband Graham Gibson moved to a farm to escape the media Draper 1985 It was during this time period that it became apparent that Atwoods shear purpose in writing was both to entertain and dramatize the current plight of women Moss 1997 This characteristic of Atwoods writing
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