Quotes by Margaret Atwood

"War is what happens when language fails."

"I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary."

"A word after a word after a word is power."

"Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them."

"Don't let the bastards grind you down."

Books by Margaret Atwood

  • Power Politics
  • 860 ratings
  • June 1st 1996 by House of Anansi Press

    (first published 1971)

  • The Circle Game
  • 780 ratings
  • June 1st 1998 by House of Anansi Press

    (first published 1964)

  • Collected Stories
  • 732 ratings
  • November 29th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers

    (first published January 1st 2004)

Margaret Atwood
  • Margaret Atwood

  • Born: in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

  • Description: Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

    Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood's dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth ­ in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.

    Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

    Associations: Margaret Atwood was President of the Writers' Union of Canada from May 1981 to May 1982, and was President of International P.E.N., Canadian Centre (English Speaking) from 1984-1986. She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International. Ms. Atwood is also a current Vice-President of PEN International.