Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose: 1983-2005 by Margaret Atwood
Reviewed by Alexis Smith
"There aren't many writers of the late twentieth century who have won the kind of critical and popular respect Margaret Atwood has. John Updike comes to mind, and Philip Roth, for different reasons. Toni Morrison's novels have certainly been compared to Atwood's. Other British and Canadian women come close: Alice Munro, A. S. Byatt, Angela Carter. But Atwood's reputation for intelligent, distinctive prose and poetry has spread farther and wider than other writers of her generation. If one tries to find a comparable literary figure in history, Virginia Woolf comes to mind immediately. Years from now, when readers look back at Margaret Atwood's writing, Writing with Intent will be a seminal text, read alongside her novels for further insight into her methods, her life, and her perspective on the political and cultural events of her time." Read the entire Powells.com review.