Margaret Atwood

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b. 1939

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and activist. She is considered to be one of the most celebrated writers of modern fiction. In 1985 she won the Arthur C Clarke award for The Handmaid's Tale, and in 2000 she won the Booker Prize for The Blind Assassin. Her works often contain themes of feminism, environmentalism, biotechnology, and personal identity.

QUOTES:

"I would rather dance as a ballerina, though faultily, than as a flawless clown." (from Lady Oracle)

"Nolite te bastardes carborundorum." [Do not let the bastards grind you down] (from The Handmaid's Tale)

"There is more than one kind of freedom... Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it." (from The Handmaid's Tale)

"Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise." (from Cat's Eye)