Host(s): Gregory Fitzgerald and Katherine Crabbe
Tape order number: C-657
Visit Date: September 13, 1979
Length: 45 minutes
Brief Summary: Atwood focuses on the effects that her Canadian nationality has on her writing and the ways that this is reflected in her work. She discusses the differences between writing in the genres of poetry and prose as being multiple and definite. Atwood speaks of her belief that writing, in any form, is an oral experience, with sounds and rhythms constantly reverberating through all literature.
A writer is one who is a focus for what is coming in from outside . . . can not ignore what is dark in life.
-- Margaret Atwood