"IF IT'S A STORY I'M TELLING, THEN I HAVE CONTROL OVER THE ENDING": FIRST EDITION OF THE HANDMAID'S TALE, INSCRIBED BY MARGARET ATWOOD
ATWOOD, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. (Toronto): McClelland and Stewart, (1985). Octavo, original burgundy and cream paper boards, original dust jacket. $1400.
First edition of Atwood's "fluid nightmare requiem" (Clute & Nicholls, 69), a gripping drama of women living under the brutal oppression of a fundamentalist regime, inscribed on the half title by her, "For M— best wishes— Margaret Atwood."
"The Handmaid's Tale is in the honorable tradition of Brave New World and other warnings of dystopia. It's imaginative, even audacious, and conveys a chilling sense of fear and menace" (The Globe and Mail). This Booker Prize-nominated novel won the prestigious Canadian Governor General's Award in 1985 and the inaugural Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987. It "brings out the very best in Atwood—moral vision, biting humor and a poet's imagination" (Chatelaine), and quickly "gained a reputation as the best science fiction novel ever produced by a Canadian" (Clute & Nicholls, 70). Anatomy of Wonder II:57. Early gift inscription on the half title above Atwood's inscription.
A near-fine copy with light edgewear to dust jacket, increasingly elusive inscribed by her.