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Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

Former residence, 3800 Block, W. 11th Ave.

  • Author: Britt S. Baker
  • Date Posted: Jan 15, 2016
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  • Address: Plaque is on lamppost on south side of 3800 block of W. 11th Ave., at west end of the block.
Margaret Atwood

Photo credit: Jean Malek


Location: Plaque is on lamppost on south side of 3800 block of W. 11th Ave., at west end of the block.

One of Canada’s foremost authors, Margaret Atwood, lived near here in 1964-1965 while working as a lecturer at UBC. “It was a wonderful breakthrough year for me,” she has recalled.

And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light.

From The Handmaid’s Tale

“In it, I finished writing The Circle Game and wrote all of the draft of The Edible Woman… The people who gave me the most support were [writer] Jane Rule and [English professor] Helen Sonthoff… I loved the entire year and the only reason I didn’t stay was that I felt I had to go back and complete the work for my Ph.D. or I would always be an academic floorscrubber.” Margaret Atwood returned to Ontario and has since published more than forty books.

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“In it, I finished writing The Circle Game and wrote all of the draft of The Edible Woman… The people who gave me the most support were [writer] Jane Rule and [English professor] Helen Sonthoff… I loved the entire year and the only reason I didn’t stay was that I felt I had to go back and complete the work for my Ph.D or I would always be an academic floorscrubber.” Margaret Atwood returned to Ontario and has since published more than forty books.

And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light.

From The Handmaid’s Tale

 

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