DAILY FUEL: Margaret Atwood – Prophetic Warrior

Canadian writer MARGARET ATWOOD, born on this day in Ottawa in 1939, read fairy tales, animal myths and comic books as a child, eventually attending the University of Toronto and Harvard’s Radcliffe College. Working initially as a poet, Atwood first published “The Circle Game” in 1966, followed by several other collections. Her first novel, “The Edible Woman”, appeared in 1969, and is a “satire of North American consumerism”. Continuing to produce prose and poetry through the 70’s, in 1985 she published her most famous work, ”The Handmaid’s Tale”, which she has referred to as a work of both science fiction and speculative fiction. Margaret Atwood has been awarded two Booker Prizes, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the National Book Critics and PEN Lifetime Achievement Awards, among other honors.

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