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Margaret Atwood

Atwood at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair
Atwood at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair
Born Margaret Eleanor Atwood
November 18, 1939 (1939-11-18) (age 81)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater
Period 1961–present
Notable works
  • Surfacing (1972)
  • The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
  • Cat's Eye (1988)
  • Alias Grace (1996)
  • The Blind Assassin (2000)
  • Oryx and Crake (2003)
Jim Polk
(m. 1968; div. 1973)
Partner Graeme Gibson (1973–2019; his death)
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Margaret Eleanor Atwood CH CC OOnt FRSC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian writer. She is best known for writing novels. She has also published 15 books of poetry. The Edible Woman was her first novel, published in 1969.

Her novel The Handmaid's Tale was the first winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, in 1987. The sequel, The Testaments, is due for release in September 2019.

The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize.

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