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Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing (The Empson Lectures) Hardcover – 6 Mar 2002

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (6 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521662605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521662604
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Consistently enlivening … Margaret Atwood's excellent book performs [that] vital function … Her audience … would have had no hesitation in according her the distinguished status thus implied.' Spectator

'A witty and profound rumination about writing.' The Times

'Wearing her learning lightly, Atwood allows her wit to shine on almost every page.' Library Journal

'This interesting and compelling book is as wise as it is charming, and it is very charming indeed.' Washington Post Book World

'… finds its truth and its title in the insight that, whether the prose is deathless or merely breathless, the goad to all narrative is mortality.' San Antonio Express News

'This book shines like the sun or moon or whatever you like best in the shine line.If you have the slightest interest in fiction as reader or critic, get this book as soon as you can. If you are a writer, get it today.' Irish Times

'The most enjoyable aspect of the book is not, ultimately, any profound critical statement, but its author's refreshing display of erudition.' The Sunday Times

'… a valuable metafictional commentary on Atwood's own writing.' British Journal of Canadian Studies

'In this lively and illuminating book [Attwood] digs deep and quests far.' Writing in Education

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What is the role of the writer? Seer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? With a light touch, underlined by seriousness, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse! - their activities.

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