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Novelist poet short story writer critic teacher and feminist MargaretEleanor Atwood was born on November 18 1939 Born in Ottawa OntarioAtwood was the second of three children to Carl Edmond and Margaret DorothyKillam Atwood She went on to marry writer Graeme Gibson and give birth to adaughter named Jess Atwoods religion was that of Immanent TranscendentalistDuring her childhood she spent her summers in Northern Quebec while herfather fulfilled aspirations of being a forest entomologist Her time spent inNorthern Quebec during her youth was a significant influence on the novelSurfacing which was published in 1972 Upon coming out of what Atwood oftenrefers to a her dark period which took place from ages eight to sixteen shebegan writing In high school her writing began to flourish and she begansubmitting her works to her high school newspaper As she continued tocontribute poetry short stories and cartoons to her high schools paper Canadianliterary critic and historian Northrop Frye 1912-1991 influenced her writing Frye also introduced her to the poetry of William Blake 1757-1827 which furtherAtwood received her Bachelors degree from University of Toronto herMasters from Radcliff College of Harvard University and went into graduatestudy at Harvard University After completing various studies Atwood went on tospend a considerable amount of time teaching and lecturing She taught English atthe University of British Columbia in Vancouver 1964-65 Victorian andAmerican Literature at Sir George Williams in Montreal 1967-68 CreativeWriting at the University of Alberta English at New York University in New York1986 She worked as a writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto inToronto 1972-73 the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa 1985 andMacquarie University in North Ryde Australia 1987Atwood published her first volume of poetry Double Persephone in 1961 Her second volume of poetry The Circle Game won the 1967 Governor GeneralsAward Canadas highest literary honor Although Atwood was a feminist in herbook The Animals In That Country there is nothing feminine about the poems Duyn 19 The publishing of her book The Handmaids
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