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The Red Shoes: Margaret Atwood Starting Out Book Review Summary

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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.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Canadian Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada City?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More 6-10 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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