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A fascinating collection of six essays reissued with a stunning new jacket style along with others from Margaret Atwood's backlist.
What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? Looking back on her own childhood and the development of her writing career, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse! - their activities, looking at what costumes they have seen fit to assume, what roles they have chosen to play. In her final chapter she takes up the challenge of the book's title: if a writer is to be seen as 'gifted', who is doing the giving and what are the terms of the gift?
Margaret Atwood's wide and eclectic reference to other writers, living and dead, is balanced by anecdotes from her own experiences as a writer, both in Canada and on the international scene. The lightness of her touch is underlined by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing, and by a deep familiarity with the myths and traditions of western literature.
About the Author
Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939. She is Canada's most eminent novelist and poet is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye and Alias Grace have all been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and she has won many literary prizes in other countries. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. Her latest novel, The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize.
'Juggling well worn subjects which "get murky or pretentious", this is a streetwise, erudite suggestive enquiry into problems and myths of the writer's role. Her light touch on hard thoughts, her humour and eclectic quotations, lend enchantment to an argument that has as many undulating tentacles as a well developed sea anemone.' THE INDEPENDENT 'Her witty, occasionally self-depracating and always ingenious approach is a delight' Culture, SUNDAY TIMES 'A witty and profound rumination about writing' THE TIMES 'A playful, informed and briskly sensible discussion of the writing life.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'A pleasure to read: erudite, talky, with a beady humour.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Thought-provoking arguments adroitly stitched together in a patchwork pattern.' THE HERALD 'Highly enjoyable little book' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 4th November 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1