Second Words: Selected Critical Prose

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Fifty of Margaret Atwood's finest essays and reviews from 1960 to 1982 are included in this collection of her key critical writings. Wit and originality infuse discussions of the writing process, literary life, and such literary figures as Adrienne Rich, Northrop Frye, Anne Sexton, and E. L. Doctorow. Atwood's perspectives on Canadian nationalism and the American dream emerge, as do her controversial attitudes about feminism, sexism, and contemporary North American life. This largest collection of her critical prose showcases the human insight and sharp intellect that has distinguished Atwood as one of the most compelling writers of the 21st century.

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Margaret Atwood is the award-winning author of more than 25 books, including The Blind Assassin, The Handmaid's Tale, and Oryx and Crake. She was the winner of the 2000 Booker Prize. She has contributed to The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, The Washington Post, The Harvard Educational Review, and Maclean's.

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Second Words is an invaluable guide to understanding Atwood’s choice of themes, her basic principles, and the development of her work (and world view) . . . [The book] traces the development of one of the most important ‘political artists’ writing today, one whose future work promises to be even more challenging and dangerous.” ― Books in Canada

“Certainly we want to know what one of our major writers feels about literature and people . . . And though she is . . . relaxed and conversational in these occasional pieces . . . there are so many good words, so much intelligence, that the garden-variety reviewer seethes with envy.” ― Toronto Star

“What comes across mostly is [Atwood’s] critical generosity and her understanding that the art of writing inevitably turns the writer into a global politician; every novel offers a vision of the world. Through thick and thin, Atwood has been a passionate literary citizen.” ― Maclean’s

Second Words establishes critical patterns through which a provocative, original mind interprets the world. Thus it helps us to reassess all her work.” ― Christian Science Monitor

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