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The Handmaid's Tale [First Edition, First Printing]

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The Handmaid's Tale [First Edition, First Printing]

by Atwood, Margaret

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Toronto: McClelland and Stewart | T.H. Best Printing Company Ltd., 1985. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good. pp. 324. 8vo., measuring 9.5" x 6.5". Maroon and cream boards with white lettering to spine. Lightest bumping to tail of spine, neat ink name to corner of ffep, else, contents remain bright, clean and unmarked with tight, sound binding; near fine and housed in very good+, very lightly rubbed, unclipped, dustjacket complete with original price of $22.95 (dustjacket now housed in protective BroDart mylar cover). A scarce and attractive copy of an exceptional novel by one of Canada's finest writers. As with all true first editions of this title, the copyright pages states a date of 1985 with copyright attributed to O.W. Toad Limited and published by McCelelland and Stewart.

Synopsis

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel written by Margaret Atwood in 1985. It depicts a totalitarian world known as Gilead, portraying the subjection of women in a patriarchal society. The near-future New England setting illustrates a bleak portrayal of the world after the United States is overthrown by a fundamentalist group. Society is reorganized by the regime using a peculiar interpretation of some Old Testament ideas, and a new militarized, hierarchical model of social and religious fanaticism among its newly created social classes. The novel follows the story of a young woman, Offred, who struggles to maintain her identity. It depicts the rebellion of the women in her social class as their ability to read, write, own property, or handle money are lost. Most significantly, women are deprived of control over their own reproductive functions. The Handmaid's Tale  was nominated for the first-ever Man Booker International Prize representing the best writers in contemporary fiction.  Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 35 internationally acclaimed works of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her numerous awards include the Governor General’s Award for The Handmaid’s Tale , and The Giller Prize and Italian Premio Mondello for Alias Grace . The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace, and Oryx and Crake were all shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, which she won with The Blind Assassin . She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has been awarded the Norwegian Order of Literary Merit and the French Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres among many others; she is a Foreign Honorary Member for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in Toronto.

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Bookseller
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Bookseller Inventory #
3460
Title
The Handmaid's Tale [First Edition, First Printing]
Author
Atwood, Margaret
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition, First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
McClelland and Stewart | T.H. Best Printing Company Ltd.
Place of Publication
Toronto
Date published
1985
Keywords
history; canadiana; science fiction; religion; rare;

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A term used to denote a condition a slight grade better than Good.
fine
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...[more]
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First Edition
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spine
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