Writing With Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose : 1983-2005

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Basic Books, 2005 - Fiction - 427 pages
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From one of the world's most passionately engaged literary citizens comes Writing with Intent, the largest collection to date of Margaret Atwood's nonfiction, ranging from 1983 to 2005. Composed of autobiographical essays, cultural commentary, book reviews, and introductory pieces written for great works of literature, this is the award-winning author's first book-length nonfiction publication in twenty years. Arranged chronologically, these writings display the development of Atwood's worldview as the world around her changes. Included are the Booker Prize–winning author's reviews of books by John Updike, Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison, and others, as well as essays in which she remembers herself reading Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse at age nineteen, and discusses the influence of George Orwell's 1984 on the writing of The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood's New York Times Book Review piece that helped make Orhan Pamuk's Snow a bestseller can be found here, as well as a look back on a family trip to Afghanistan just before the Soviet invasion, and her "Letter to America," written after September 11, 2001. The insightful and memorable pieces in this book serve as a testament to Atwood's career, reminding readers why she is one of the most esteemed writers of our time.

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Review: Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose--1983-2005

User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

This is quite a diverse collection. I didn't read all the book reviews, but thoroughly enjoyed everything I did read. I particularly enjoyed the essays relating to 'Oryx and Crake', 'The Handmaid's ... Read full review

Review: Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose--1983-2005

User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

This is a fascinating collection in Atwood's inimitable voice. As an added bonus, reading her reviews of books made my "to-read" list quite a bit longer. Recommended to anyone with an interest in contemporary literature. Read full review

About the author (2005)

Margaret Atwood’s books have been published in over thirty-five countries. She is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to THE HANDMAID’S TALE, her novels include CAT’S EYE—shortlisted for the Booker Prize; ALIAS GRACE, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; THE BLIND ASSASSIN, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; and ORYX AND CAKE. Her previous nonfiction book was SECOND WORDS (Beacon Press, 1984, 0807063584). She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

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