Negotiating with the Dead

by Margaret Atwood


Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing is a non-fiction work by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Cambridge University Press first published it in 2002.
Atwood edited six lectures she gave at the 2000 Empson Lectures at the University of Cambridge into a non-fiction work on writing. In her introduction, she describes the work as being not about how to write or about her own writing, but rather the position a writer finds him or herself in. The book is organized into six chapters drawn from each of the six lectures. Each chapter of the book addresses one question regarding the writer’s position and craft. The book also includes a prologue and an introduction entitled "Into the labyrinth" in which she describes the process of creating this particular work.
Atwood has also created other works of non-fiction from lecture series she has given. Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature, was based on a lecture series given at Oxford University.

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