Margaret Eleanor Atwood is a Canadian author, poet, literary critic, essayist and environmental activist. She has written many novels in her lifetime, including The Handmaid's Tale, which is perhaps her best-known work.


Atwood was born November 18th 1939, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She studied at the University of Toronto and Radcliffe College. She was a lecturer in English literature. Her first published work was the self-published Double Persephone (1961), a poetry collection, followed by another collection, The Circle Game, published in 1964. Atwood has since written and published numerous novels, short stories and poetry collections. Her works have been translated into over thirty languages and have either won or been nominated for many literary awards. Atwood remains one of Canada's most prominent poets and novelists.

Notable Works


  • The Edible Woman (1969; her debut novel)
  • Life Before Man (1979)
  • The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
  • Cat's Eye (1988)
  • The Robber Bride (1993)
  • Alias Grace (1996)
  • The Blind Assassin (2000)
  • Hag-Seed (2016)

MaddAddam trilogy:

  • Oryx and Crake (2003)
  • The Year of the Flood (2009)
  • MaddAddam (2013)

Poetry Collections

  • The Circle Game (1964)


Short Stories


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