Margaret Atwood Starting Out by Rosemary Sullivan
More than thirty years after the publication of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood, international award-winning and bestselling author, continues to be a household name. Now, the TV adaptation of the novel has turned Atwood’s handmaids into a symbol around the globe. But who is Margaret Atwood? Rosemary Sullivan, award-winning biographer and poet, has penned the first portrait of Canada’s most famous novelist, a woman who helped to shatter the paradigm of the artist as exclusively male.
In Margaret Atwood: Starting Out, Rosemary Sullivan explores the trajectory of a remarkable writer’s career. She focuses on Atwood’s formative years through to the late 1970s, when the major elements of Atwood’s life—the publication of Surfacing, Power Politics, and The Edible Woman; her relationship with writer Graeme Gibson; the birth of her daughter; and her focus on Canadian culture—are set in place. A stunning blend of narrative and meditation, of discovery and insight, Margaret Atwood: Starting Out is a major portrait of one of Canada’s most provocative writers who is out ahead, throwing back clues about the pleasure and pitfalls of being human.
Harpercollins Publishers: 2019.
ISBN: 9781443460743. pp.
Paperback. Very good.