|Plot Summary of The Red Shoes: Margaret Atwood Starting Out|
|"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."
A. Antonow, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Red Shoes: Margaret Atwood Starting Out|
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Genius (really!)
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
The Americas (not US):
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
- 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
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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