Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1939. She is the author of fourteen novels, including The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1993), and Blind Assassin (2000), which received the Booker Prize. She has also written eight short story collections and more than twenty books of poetry, including Eating Fire: Selected Poetry 1965-1995 (1998), as well as several books of children’s literature and non-fiction. Her honors include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, a Molson Award, and the Prince of Austurias Award for Literature. Atwood is a two-time recipient of the Governor General’s Award, a Companion of the Order of Canada, the Government of France’s Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts des Lettres, and an honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1986 Ms Magazine named her Woman of the Year. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto.
Audio Recordings on Margaret Atwood
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Margaret Atwood and Galway Kinnell reading and discussing their poetry in the Coolidge Auditorium, Nov. 2, 1970
- Margaret Eleanor Atwood reading her poems with comment in the Recording Laboratory, Nov. 3, 1970