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Writing with Intent
Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose: 1983-2005 | Margaret Atwood
From one of the world's most passionately engaged and acclaimed 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 to 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 Prizewinning 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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merelybookish
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rohit-sawant Nice! 2y
mrozzz 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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I never read nonfiction. But this? YES.
When I read her new intro in the Handmaids Tale TV edition, I thought 'I need more Atwood essays.' And I found this collection of her essays, reviews, intros, and other writings between 1983-2005. She is so wonderfully clear, conversational, and SMART. I dipped in to read a review of Angela Carter, and an hour later I found I had not moved a muscle while continuing to read. I was mesmerized. She's a jewel.

Libby1 I'm picturing Margaret Atwood. Sitting inside a tent. Writing. Yes, I am mature! 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Libby1 She uses that example when talking about how her titles are misheard all the time! ⛺️ 3y
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#TBRtemptation post! Don't you just get so frustrated with me about this 😆👏🏻🙌🏻? Well, look what I found in the library stacks today. Any Margaret Atwood fans in the Litsy House? Didn't even know this existed until my random browsing. It's the largest collection to date of Margaret Atwood's, and from the period indicated. Lots of book reviews, reflective essays, and other pieces. Quite the unique book! #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

aeeklund WHAAAAAAT 3y
Lacythebookworm It's great! Highly recommend to Atwood fans! 😍 3y
Bookworm-Bobbie Shut the front door! Thanks for sharing 😍. Looks like I'll be adding a new Atwood to my collection! 3y
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mcipher Nice! I love vintage Atwood, and her poetry. I'm curious to read some essays! Added to my stack. 👍 3y
LeanneAslin I didn't know about this, and I'd consider myself a huge Atwood fan! 😶 3y
vivastory Didn't know about this one. Stacked! 3y
Tanner Cool - I've never heard of this one! 3y
MrBook @aeeklund 😂👏🏻 What would you do without MrBook 😉👍🏻? @Lacythebookworm Which is pretty much everyone 😂👏🏻. @Bookworm-Bobbie *knocks on door* *speaks through door* Delivery for Bobbie?! Tater tots courtesy of one *looks at package tag* MrBook! @mcipher 😁👏🏻🙌🏻! @LeanneAslin You still are ☺👍🏻. @vivastory That's the spirit 😊! @Tanner I do what I can 😉👍🏻. 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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Seonjoon
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Hoping to read a few essays from this tonight as a wind-down from the day. Atwood's essay on The Handmaid's Tale is the particular pull--we live in Cambridge, in Harvard Sq, and a Handmaid's walkabout would be fun!

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