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Negotiating with the dead : a writer on writing

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? Looking back on her own childhood and writing career, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse! - their activities, looking at what costumes they have assumed, what roles they have chosen to play. In her final chapter she takes up the challenge of  Read more...
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Named Person: Margaret Atwood; Margaret Eleanor Atwood; Margaret Atwood
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0521662605 9780521662604
OCLC Number: 45917223
Awards: Winner of Booker Prize for Fiction 2000.
Description: xxvii, 219 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Into the labyrinth --
Prologue --
Orientation: who do you think you are? (What is "a writer," and how did I become one?) --
Duplicity: the jekyll hand, the hyde hand, and the slippery double (Why there are always two) --
Dedication: The great god pen (Apollo vs. Mammon: at whose altar should the writer worship?) --
Temptation: Prospero, the Wizard of Oz, Mephisto & co. (Who waves the wand, pulls the strings, or signs the Devil's book?) --
Communion: nobody to nobody (the eternal triangle: the writer, the reader, and the book as go-between) --
Descent: Negotiating with the dead (Who makes the trip to the Underworld, and why?).
Responsibility: Margaret Atwood.
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