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Margaret Atwood (1939 - )) -- literary critic, short-story writer, poet, social historian,
children's author, novelist and satirist. Published in more than twenty
countries and many languages, Atwood, with her perceptiveness and biting
wit expressed through her strong female characters, has made her presence
felt in world literary circles and by much of the general reading public
around the globe. She studied at the University of Toronto and Radcliffe
College in Massachusetts. Some of her works have been adapted for screen
and stage including an adaption of The Handmaid's Tale for screen
by British playwright Harold Pinter, Alias Grace (film), The
Blind Assassin(mini-series), The Edible Woman (play);
and The Robber Bride (screenplay).
Atwood is the recipient of many literary awards and prizes: the Giller
Prize (Canada) and Premio Modello Prize (Italy) for The Robber Bride
and Alias Grace; the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science
Fiction for The Handmaid's Tale; the Governor General's Literary
Award for Poetry (Canada) for Circle Game; short-listed and/or
finalist for the Booker Prize on several occasions; winner of the Booker
Prize for The Blind Assassin, awarded the Norwegian Order of
Literary Merit, etc. She currently lives in Toronto, and has lived in
many other parts of the world including France, England, Scotland,
and the United States.
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