Sullivan's biography traces the life of Canadian author Margaret Atwood and unexpectedly reveals the ways in which Atwood's own development as a writer reflected the emerging field of Canadian literature. Atwood had an unusual childhood, spent partly in large cities and partly in the uncharted Canadian bush. While still in school, Atwood decided to become a writer, an ambitious career choice at a time when most North American women were expected to choose motherhood or a small number of narrow work choices. Atwood attended the University of Toronto and Harvard University, places where she developed her craft and met artists and fellow writers. Atwood's development as a writer coincided with the development of the discipline of Canadian Literature. It was during Atwood's years as a developing writer that many Canadian presses - including the famous Anasai Press - were established.
This report prepared by A. Antonow