Why are Margaret Atwood books so popular right now?

It’s a great time to be a fan of acclaimed author Margaret Atwood. After all, Hulu’s serialized interpretation of The Handmaid’s Tale can now be officially referred to as a multi award-winning adaptation. Plus, we’re also set to enjoy Netflix’s realization of another Atwood classic, the historical fiction book Alias Grace.

And this is only a good thing! Famous for her prescience, wit and formidable wordplay, Atwood has long been recognized as a formidable figure in the literary world, so it’s only fair that she’s being similarly lauded in the world of TV. But with two iterations of her books hitting our screen, it begs the following question: which of Atwood’s other novels deserve to be brought to life? Well, if you’ve been thinking along those lines, you need not wonder anymore!

Here are five of Atwood’s works. Which ones have you read?


Apart from being an author, Margaret Eleanor Atwood is also a poet, essayist, environmental activist and literary critic. Atwood is also the founder of a non-profit organization, Writer’s Trust of Canada, whose main aim is to encourage the writing community in Canada. Furthermore, she is also the founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize. Margaret Atwood is the developer and inventor of the Longpen associated technologies, which facilitates remote robotic writing of documents. Atwood is also the Director and Co-Founder of Syngrafii inc. a company that she created in the year 2004, to not only develop but to also distribute and produce Longpen technologies. Atwood holds numerous patents that are all related to Longpen technologies.

ORDER OF MADDADDAM SERIES

# Title Published
1 Oryx and Crake 2003
2 The Year of the Flood 2009
3 MaddAddam 2013

ORDER OF POSITRON SERIES

# Title Published
1 The Heart Goes Last 2015

ORDER OF MARGARET ATWOOD SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS

# Title Published
1 The Circle Game 1964
2 The Animals in That Country 1968
3 The Journals of Susanna Moodie 1970
4 Procedures For Underground 1970
5 Power Politics 1971
6 You Are Happy 1974
7 Selected Poems 1976
8 Dancing Girls 1977
9 Two-Headed Poems 1978
10 True Stories 1981
11 Bluebeard’s Egg 1983
12 Murder in the Dark 1983
13 Interlunar 1984
14 Selected Poems II 1986
15 Wilderness Tips 1991
16 Good Bones 1992
17 Polarities. Selected Stories 1994
18 Good Bones and Simple Murders 1994
19 Morning in the Burned House 1995
20 Eating Fire 1998
21 The Tent 2006
22 Moral Disorder and Other Stories 2006
23 The Door 2007
24 Crimespotting 2009
25 The Illustrated Journals of Susanna Moodie 2014
26 Stone Mattress 2014

ORDER OF HOGARTH SHAKESPEARE SERIES

# Title Published
1 Vinegar Girl 2016

ORDER OF ANGEL CATBIRD GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES

# Title Published
1 Angel Catbird, Volume 1 2016
2 Angel Catbird, Volume 2: To Castle Catula 2017
3 Angel Catbird, Volume 3: The Catbird Roars 2017

ORDER OF MARGARET ATWOOD STANDALONE NOVELS

# Title Published Details
1 The Edible Woman 1969
2 Surfacing 1972
3 Lady Oracle 1976
4 Up in the Tree 1978
5 Life Before Man 1979
6 Anna’s Pet 1980
7 Bodily Harm 1981
8 The Handmaid’s Tale 1986
9 Cat’s Eye 1988
10 For the Birds 1990
11 The Robber Bride 1993
12 Alias Grace 1996
13 The Labrador Fiasco 1996
14 The Blind Assassin 2000
15 Bottle 2004
16 Moral Disorder 2014
17 Hag-Seed 2016

ORDER OF MARGARET ATWOOD PICTURE BOOKS

# Title Published
1 Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut 1995
2 Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes 2003
3 Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda 2004

ORDER OF MARGARET ATWOOD NON-FICTION BOOKS

# Title Published
1 Survival 1972
2 Days Of The Rebels 1977
3 Second Words 1982
4 The Canlit Foodbook 1987
5 Margaret Atwood Conversations 1990
6 Strange Things 1995
7 Story of a Nation 2001
8 Negotiating with the Dead 2002
9 The Penelopiad 2005
10 Curious Pursuits 2005
11 Writing With Intent 2005
12 Payback 2007
13 Glances at Germany, Poland, and the Euxine 2009
14 In Other Worlds 2011
15 The World Split Open 2014
16 Dire Cartographies 2015
17 The Burgess Shale 2017

Irrespective of the fact that Margaret Atwood is mainly known as a writer, she has also managed to publish fifteen poetry books. A majority of the author’s poems have been inspired by myths and fairy tales, which have interested her, ever since she was young. Some of the short stories that Margaret Atwood has published include Alphabet, Tamarack Review, CBC Anthology and many others.

In the year 1965, Atwood taught at the University of British Colombia and the Sir George Williams University from the year 1967 to the year 1968. Later on in the year 1969, she taught at the University of Alberta for one year and York University for one year also, from the year 1971 to 1972.

The female intellectual dialogue members at the renowned Victoria College mainly surrounded Atwood. In a majority of her novels, she often portrays characters who are dominated by patriarchy. Atwood also sheds light on the social oppression of women due to the patriarchal ideology. When it comes to social science fiction and speculative fiction, the author has constantly resisted the idea that both of her novels, Oryx and Crake and The Handmaid’s Tale are science fiction. She has insisted that both of these novels are speculative fiction.

In the year 2008, The Economist a weekly magazine referred to Atwood as an expert literary critic and scintillating wordsmith. However, the magazine went on to comment that the author’s logic does not in any way match her writing style in the nonfiction book, Payback: Debt and Shadow.

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