Moving Targets: Writing with Intent, 1982-2004

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The most precious treasure of this collection is that it gives us the rich back-story and diverse range of influences on Margaret Atwood's work. From the aunts who encouraged her nascent writing career to the influence of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four on The Handmaid's Tale, we trace the movement of Atwood's fertile and curious mind in action over the years.Atwood's controversial political pieces, Napoleon's Two Biggest Mistakes and Letter to America -- both not-so-veiled warnings about the repercussions of the war in Iraq -- also appear, alongside pieces that exhibit her active concern for the environment, the North, and the future of the human race. Atwood also writes about her peers: John Updike, Marina Warner, Italo Calvino, Marian Engel, Toni Morrison, Angela Carter, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mordecai Richler, Elmore Leonard, and Ursula Le Guin.This is a landmark volume from a major writer whose worldwide readership is in the millions, and whose work has influenced and entertained generations. Moving Targets is the companion volume to Second Words.

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Introduction I
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19821989
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of Eastwick by John Updike
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Difficult Loves
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Introduction to Roughing It in the Bush
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Beloved
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Afterword to A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence
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Introduction to She by H Rider Haggard
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When Afghanistan Was at Peace
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Some Clues to Dashiell Hammett
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Atanarjuat The Fast Runner
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Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard
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Tiff and the Animals
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To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
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The Birthday of the World and Other Stories by Ursula K Le Guin
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Great Aunts
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Writing Utopia
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Subversive Laughter in Two Stories
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Nine Beginnings
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The General in His Labyrinth
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The Early Years The Poetry of Gwendolyn
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Problems of Female
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The Grunge Look
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Burning Your Boats
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On Writing Canadian Historical
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Trickster Makes This World Mischief
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The Awkward Sublime
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20012004
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19312001 Diogenes of Montreal
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Introduction to Ground Works edited by Christian Bök
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Matt Cohen Fabulism and Critical Taxonomy
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Introduction to Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Söderberg
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Napoleons Two Biggest Mistakes
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Letter to America
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Writing Oryx and Crake
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Some Personal Connections
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Enough Staying Human in an Engineered Age by Bill McKibben
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Victory Gardens A Breath of Fresh Air by Elise Houghton
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Carol Shields Who Died Last Week Wrote Books
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Hope Dies Last Keeping the Faith
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To Beechy Island
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Acknowledgements
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MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, now an award-winning TV series. Her other works of fiction include Cat's Eye, finalist for the 1989 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; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator's Award. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

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