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On Writers and Writing

(2002)
Negotiating with the Dead
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What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High Priest of art? Court jester? Or witness to the real world? Looking back on her own childhood and writing career, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse - their activities, looking at what costumes they have assumed, what roles they have chosen to play. In her final chapter she takes up the challenge of the title: if a writer is to be seen as gifted, who is doing the giving and what are the terms of the gift? Margaret Atwood's wide reference to other writers is balanced by anecdotes from her own experiences, both in Canada and on the international scene. Her lightness of touch is underlined by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing, and by a deep familiarity with the myths and traditions of western literature.

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Hardback Editions

March 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing (The Empson Lectures)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-521-66260-5 / 978-0-521-66260-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Paperback Editions

February 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: On Writers and Writing
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-349-00623-7 / 978-0-349-00623-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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August 2014 : Canada Paperback
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Title: On Writers and Writing
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-7710-0772-8 / 978-0-7710-0772-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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November 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Negotiating With The Dead: A Writer on Writing
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-84408-027-7 / 978-1-84408-027-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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September 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Negotiating with the Dead : A Writer on Writing
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-385-65984-9 / 978-0-385-65984-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: VIRAGO (LITT)
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1707 : USA Paperback
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Title: Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-4000-3260-1 / 978-1-4000-3260-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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Kindle Editions

January 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: On Writers and Writing
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Virago
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August 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: On Writers and Writing
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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