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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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The Handmaids Tale Part 1: Crash Course Literature #403

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Margaret Atwood: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale is being read very differently now’

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The Handmaid's Tale Ep 1: Summary and Background

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Margaret Atwood on hope, Trump and season 2 of 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.