Margaret Atwood
"There is so much silence between the words..." SOCI 4019 September

29, 1999. An Overview of Works, Styles, and Themes Margaret Atwood has written a
great number of novels and other forms of literature. The major press editions
are as follows: WORKS Poetry ® 1964, The Cirle Game ® 1968, The Animals in

That Country ® 1970, The Journals of Susanna Moodie ® 1970, Procedures for

Underground ® 1971, Power Politics ® 1974, You are Happy ® 1978, Selected

Poems ® 1978, Two-Headed Poems ® 1981, True Stories ® 1984, Interlunar ®

1987, Selected Poems II: Poems Selected and New, 1976-1986 ® 1990, Selected

Poems 1966-1975 ® 1995, Morning in the Burned House Short Fiction ® 1977,
"Dancing Girls" ® 1983, "Murder in the Dark" ® 1983,
"Bluebeard\'s Egg" ® 1991, "Wilderness Tips" ® 1992,
"Good Bones" Novels ® 1969, The Edible Woman 1985, The Handmaid\'s

Tale ® 1972, Surfacing 1988, Cat\'s Eye ® 1976, Lady Oracle 1993, The Robber

Bride ® 1979, Life Before Man 1996, Alias Grace ® 1981, Bodily Harm Children\'s

Books ® 1978, Up in the Tree ® 1980, Anna\'s Pet ® 1990, For the Birds ®

1995, Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut Non-Fiction ® 1972, Survival: A

Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature ® 1977, Days of the Rebels 1815-1840 ®

1982, Second Words: Selected Critical Prose ® 1995, Strange Things: The

Malevolent North in Canadian Literature Edited ® 1982, The New Oxford Book of

Canadian Verse in English ® 1986, The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in

English ® 1987, The Canlit Foodbook ® 1989, The Best American Short Stories ®

1995, The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English STYLE

Although many have used Margaret Atwoods style of writing poetry, not one has
yet to compete with her words. Typically, Margaret sticks to formal style of
poetry, using original text with separated stanzas. Margarets stlye of writing
gives an overwhelming effect to the reader; moreover, her style of writing
adjusts to the theme of the particular piece. THEMES The essential features
of Atwoodís fictions and poetry has been described as a search for a personal
and national identity. Survival is a central theme throughout her works, as is
the quest for self unity. Biography Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario,
on November 18, 1939. Because her father was a forest entomologist, Atwood spent
most of her childhood living in the Canadian Wilderness. During the eight months
of each year that her father did insect research in the forest, the Atwood
family lived in "a cabin with a wood stove and several kerosene lanterns.

There were bears and wolves and moose and loons" ( qtd. in "Author

Profile"). While this lifestyle was exciting, she did not have most modern
conviences and technology. To entertain herself, Atwood read books. They became
her only means for entertainment and escape. "I read them all, even when they
werenít supposed to be for children" (qtd. in "Author Profile"). During
this childhood of reading, Atwood also began to write. By the age of six, ATwood
was writing poems, morality plays, comic books, and an unfinished novel about an
ant. Ten years later, Atwood decided that she only wanted to write. She wanted
to live a double life; to go places she had not been before; to examine life on
earth; to come to know people in ways, and at depths, that were otherwise
impossible; to be surprised; and to give something of what she had received. Two
years after this life-altering decision, Atwood entered Victoria College at the

University of Toronto. She received her bachelorís degree from Victoria

College in 1961, and then went on to receive her Masterís degree from

Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Atwood also received education
from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, during 1962-63 and 1965-67.

Atwood began her career through self-publication. She sold these books for fifty
cents each. During this period, Atwood married Graeme Gibson, a fellow writer
who was born in London, Ontario, in 1934. Togehter, they have three grown
children and two cats. Although Atwood both grew up and resides presently in

Canada, she ahs lived in numerous cities throughout the world. The Canadian
residences include Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton,

Alliston, and Vancouver. In the United States, Atwood has lived in Boston,

Massachusetts, and in Alabama. She has also lived and travelled in England,

France, Italy , and Germany. Geographical, Historical, Political and Social

Influences With respect to the fact that Atwood was raised, and spent most of
her childhood in the Canadian wilderness, it is safe to say that her
geographical surroundings influenced her in