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date: 19 June 2019

Atwood, Margaret Eleanor (1939– ) 

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century
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Canadian poet, novelist, and critic, regarded as the most important figure in contemporary English Canadian literature.Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa but passed most of her childhood summers in rural areas of northern Ontario and Quebec, where her entomologist father conducted his field research. Wilderness motifs have subsequently recurred in much of her writing. Atwood was eleven before she began to attend school full time, but was already writing in a variety of genres, including morality plays, poems, comic books, and an unfinished novel about an ant. Following her graduation from the University of Toronto, where her teachers included the influential Canadian critic Northrop Frye, and Radcliffe College, Massachusetts, where she took her MA, she studied at Harvard but failed to complete her dissertation on ‘The English Metaphysical Romance’. In ... ...

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