75 Reasons Why Margaret Atwood is Awesome

Happy 75th birthday, Margaret Atwood! There are a million reasons to love her, but we don’t want your head to explode, so we’ve narrowed the list down a bit.

1. “At age six she was writing morality plays, poems, comic books, and had started a novel.”

2. Her first novel was about an ant.

3. This picture.

4. The Edible Woman. (1969)

5. She is the inventor of the LongPen.

6. Surfacing (1972)

7. Lady Oracle (1976)

8. She has 578,000+ Twitter followers.

9. This quote.


10. This prayer candle.

11. Dancing Girls (1977)

12. She draws cartoons.

13. This quote.

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14. Life Before Man (1979)

15. Bodily Harm (1981)

16. This poem, “Marrying the Hangman”

17. This illustration of her as a cat.

18. Murder in the Dark (1983)

19. This picture.



20. Bluebeard’s Egg and Other Stories (1983)

21. This quote.

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22. This poem, “Morning in the Burned House”

23. The Handmaid’s Tale (1985)

24. This quote.

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25. This poem, “Helen of Troy Does Countertop Dancing”

26. These facts.

27. Selected Poems

28. This quote.



29. She created superheroes based on her Twitter fans.

30. Cat’s Eye (1988)

31. She was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

32. Wilderness Tips (1991)

33. The Robber Bride (1993)

34. She wrote the lyrics to “Frankenstein Monster Song.”

35. Good Bones and Simple Murders (1994)

36. This picture.

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37. Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut (1995)

38. When she and Alice Munro had a chat.

39. This poem, “The Landlady”

40. Alias Grace (1996)

41. This picture.



42. These facts.

43. Selected Poems II

44. This quote.



45. This interview.

46. The Blind Assassin (2000)

47. This picture.

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48. She gives tips on how to survive a zombie apocalypse.

49. Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing (2002)

50. This poem, “Spelling”

51. This picture.

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52. Darren Aronosfsky is turning the MaddAdam trilogy into a series for HBO.

53. Oryx and Crake (2003)

54. This picture.



55. Her 2012 Halloween costume.

56. She’s name-checked in “My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors” by Moxy Fruvous.

57. She recommended a book featuring bearotica.

58. There’s a Margaret Atwood Society.

59 . The Penelopiad (2005)

60. She has won a LOT of awards.

61. This picture.

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62. The Tent (2006)

63. She knitted a Great Auk.

64. Her answers to “What would you wear to a fancy dress party?” and  “Who would play you in the film of your life?”

65. Moral Disorder and Other Stories (2006)

66. The Year of the Flood (2009)

67. She has a singing cameo in the film Score: A Hockey Musical.

68. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (2011)

69. Wandering Wenda (2011)

70. MaddAdam (2013)

71. Her visit to Buzzfeed.

72. Margaret Atwood Responds To Some Common Tweets About Canadians.

73. This interview.

74. Stone Mattress (2014)

75. She is the first contributor to the Future Library.





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