From the jacket: What is the role of the Writer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? Looking back on her own childhood and the development of her writing career, Margaret examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse! - their activities, looking at what costumes they have seen fit to assume, what roles they have chosen to play.
I have seen this book referenced by a lot of other bloggers when talking about books on writing. I know some of you have read it. I am interested to know as well how you personally answer the question of what is the role of he Writer?
Initially Atwood set out to "examine the various self-images...that writers have constructed for themselves over the years" (xvi). Hoping in part to determine the "costumes" that have been worn. As a writer, do you find yourself wearing a costume? What is it and why do you wear it?