At the age of sixteen, Atwood started writing. In 1957, she began studying at Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Her professors included Jay Macpherson and Northrop Frye. She graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts in English (honors) and minors in philosophy and French.
In the fall of 1961…she began graduate studies at Harvard’s Radcliffe College with a Woodrow Wilson fellowship. She obtained a master’s degree from Radcliffe in 1962 and pursued further graduate studies at Harvard. She has taught at the University of British Columbia, Sir George Williams University in Montreal, the University of Alberta, York University in Toronto, and New York University, where she was Berg professor of English.
In 1968, Atwood married Jim Polk, whom she divorced in 1973. She married fellow novelist Graeme Gibson soon after and moved to Alliston, Ontario. In 1976 their daughter, Eleanor Jess Atwood Gibson, was born.…She returned to Toronto in 1980 and has resided there since.
Excerpted from a biography on Wikipedia.com