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The Handmaid's Tale

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How 1950s dystopian novels inspired Margaret Atwood to write ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

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Margaret Atwood on the TV version of "The Handmaid's Tale"

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Warren Littlefield on How he Decided to Produce Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid's - Tale Book Club #9

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Amanda Brugel – The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, originally published in 1985. It is set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian state resembling a theonomy that has overthrown the United States government. The novel focuses on the journey of the handmaid Offred. Her name derives from the possessive form "of Fred"; handmaids are forbidden to use their birth names and must echo the male, or master, whom they serve.
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