Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood; real name Margaret Eleanor Atwood who is known as a  Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, teacher, environmental activist and inventor.

Additionally, Atwood has won numerous awards and honors for her writing, including the Booker Prize (twice), for Arthur C. Clarke Award, as well as for Governor General’s Award, Franz Kafka Prize, Princess of Asturias Awards.

Where is Margaret Atwood from?

Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, in the year 1939, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She holds a Canadian nationality and ethnicity is unknown. Her father was Carl Edmund Atwood and mother, Margaret Dorothy Killam. She has two siblings, Harold Leslie Atwood, Ruth Atwood.


Atwood eventually pursued her undergraduate studies at Victoria College at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1961. Then, she earned her master’s at Radcliffe the following year.

How did Margaret Atwood rise to stardom?

She published work was the pamphlet of poetry Double Persephone (1961), published via Hawkshead Press. Then, she also published her first novel, The Edible Woman, in 1969, a metaphoric, witty work about the social status of a woman about to wed.

Additionally, Atwood continued to publish poetry as well as the novels Surfacing (1973), Lady Oracle (1976) and Life Before Man (1980). Whereas, several more books followed, yet it was 1985’s The Handmaid’s Tale that garnered Atwood a massive wave of acclaim and popularity.

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Also, Atwood is a prolific writer who has penned additional novels that include Cat’s Eye (1989) and The Blind Assassin. Whereas, her output of speculative fiction with real-world parallels, the new millennium saw Atwood releasing the environment focused MaddAddam trilogy, consisting of Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009) and MaddAddam (2013).

In the year 2016, Atwood published the graphic novel Angel Catbird, an undertaking done with fellow Canadian artist Johnnie Christmas which profiles the super-heroic adventures of a genetic engineer who becomes part feline, part owl.

What is Margaret Atwood’s Net Worth?

Margaret has an estimated net worth of around $20 million.

Lists of Awards

She won YWCA Women of Distinction Award, 1966, 1988; Governor General’s Award, 1966, for The Circle Game, and 1986, for The Handmaid’s Tale Union Prize for poetry, 1969; Bess Hoskins Prize for poetry, 1969, 1974; City of Toronto Book Award, Canadian Booksellers’ Association Award, Radcliffe Medal, 1980; Life before Man selected a notable book of 1980, Guggenheim fellowship, 1981; named companion, Order of Canada, 1981; Book of the Year Award, Periodical Distributors of Canada/Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters, 1983, for Bluebeard’s Egg, and Other Stories; named Woman of the Year, Ms. magazine, 1986

In addition, Atwood also won Ida Nudel Humanitarian Award, Toronto Arts Award for writing and editing, and Los Angeles Times Book Award, all 1986, and Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction, Booker Prize shortlist, City of Toronto Book Award, Coles Book of the Year Award, Periodical Marketers of Canada Award, and Torgi Talking Book Award, all 1989

Additionally, she was awarded for Trillium Award for Excellence in Ontario Writing, and Book of the Year Award, Commemorative Medal, 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation; Booker Prize shortlist, Trillium Award Then, she won French Order des Arts et des Lettres, 1994; Trillium Award, 1995, for Morning in the Burned House; Norwegian Order of Literary Merit, 1996; Booker Prize shortlist, and Giller Prize, both 1996, both for Alias Grace; International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award shortlist, Dublin City Library, 1998; Booker Prize, 2000, and Dashiell Hammett Award, International Association of Crime Writers, 2001, both for The Blind AssassinBooker Prize shortlist, 2003, for Oryx and Crake; Enlightenment Award

How tall is Margaret Atwood?

She has a height of 5 feet 7 inches and weighs is 65Kg. Similarly, she has grey hair and greyish- green eyes.

Is Margaret Atwood divorced with Jim Polk?

Margaret Atwood was married to an American writer, Jim Polk in the year 1968. But, the couple got divorced in 1973. Previously, she formed a relationship with fellow novelist Graeme Gibson soon afterward and moved to a farm near Alliston, Ontario, where their daughter, Eleanor Jess Atwood Gibson, was born in 1976.

Social Media Profile

She has 3.8K followers on Facebook, about 2M followers on Twitter, and she has 156K followers with 217 posts on Instagram.

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