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In Search of "Alias Grace"

by (author) Margaret Atwood

Publisher
Les Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa/University of Ottawa Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1997
Category
General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780776604497
    Publish Date
    Jan 1997
    List Price
    $10.00

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Margaret Atwood's novel Alias Grace is based on the murder of Thomas Kinnear and his mistress Nancy Montgomery in 1843.
Kinnear's manservant was hanged for the crime, but the execution of his supposed accomplice, Grace Marks, owing to her "feeble sex" and "extreme youth," was commuted to life. In Search of "Alias Grace" describes Margaret Atwood's search for the facts, what she found out, what eluded her grasp, and how this process shaped her novel.
Published in English.

About the author


Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.
Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than fifty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood's dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, part of the Massey Lecture series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.
Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson. 

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