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Atwood Margaret; The Robber Bride

SKU: Atwood Margaret AB020311-020 $124.95
ADVANCE READING COPY FIRST AMERICAN EDITION of The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood published by Doubleday et al.: Nan A. Talese New York 1993. Signed by the author on the title page. Publisher trades original binding and dust jacket. Very fine condition. Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC O.Ont FRSC (born November 18 1939) is a Canadian poet novelist literary critic essayist and environmental activist. While she may be best known for her work as a novelist she is also a poet having published 15 books of poetry to date. Many of her poems have been inspired by myths and fairy tales which have been interests of hers from an early age. Atwood has published short stories in Tamarack Review Alphabet Harper's CBC Anthology Ms. Saturday Night and many other magazines. She has also published four collections of stories and three collections of unclassifiable short prose works. She is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history: she is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times winning once and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award seven times winning twice. Early life Born in Ottawa Ontario Canada Atwood is the second of three children of Margaret Dorothy (n Killam) a former dietitian and nutritionist and Carl Edmund Atwood an entomologist. Due to her father trades ongoing research in forest entomology Atwood spent much of her childhood in the backwoods of Northern Quebec and back and forth between Ottawa Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto. She did not attend school full-time until she was 11 years old in sixth grade. She became a voracious reader of literature Dell pocketbook mysteries Grimm's Fairy Tales Canadian animal stories and comic books. She attended Leaside High School in Leaside Toronto and graduated in 1957. Atwood began writing at age six and realized she wanted to write professionally when she was 16. In 1957 she began studying at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. Her professors included Jay Macpherson and Northrop Frye. She graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts in English (honours) and minors in philosophy and French. In late 1961 after winning the E.J. Pratt Medal for her privately printed book of poems Double Persephone she began graduate studies at Harvard's Radcliffe College with a Woodrow Wilson fellowship. She obtained a master's degree (MA) from Radcliffe in 1962 and pursued further graduate studies at Harvard University for 2 years but never finished because she never completed a dissertation on The English Metaphysical Romance She has taught at the University of British Columbia (1965) Sir George Williams University in Montreal (1967 68) the University of Alberta (1969 70) York University in Toronto (1971 72) the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (1985) where she was visiting M.F.A. Chair and New York University where she was Berg Professor of English. Personal life In 1968 Atwood married Jim Polk: they were divorced in 1973. She formed a relationship with fellow novelist Graeme Gibson soon after and moved to a farm near Alliston Ontario north of Toronto. In 1976 their daughter Eleanor Jess Atwood Gibson was born. The family returned to Toronto in 1980. She divides her time between Toronto Pelee Island Ontario and northern Quebec. Critical reception The Economist called her a ''scintillating wordsmith'' and an ''expert literary critic'' but commented that her logic does not match her prose in Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth a book which commences with the conception of debt and its kinship with justice. Atwood claims that this conception is ingrained in the human psyche manifest as it is in early historical peoples who matched their conceptions of debt with those of justice as typically exemplified by a female deity. Atwood holds that with the rise of Ancient Greece and especially the installation of the court system detailed in Aeschylus's Oresteia this deity has been replaced by a more thorough conception of debt. In 2003 Shaftesbury Films produced an anthology series The Atwood Stories which dramatized six of Atwood's short stories. Atwood and science fiction The Handmaid's Tale received the very first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987. The award is given for the best science fiction novel that was first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. It was also nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award and the 1987 Prometheus Award both science fiction awards. Atwood was at one time offended at the suggestion that The Handmaid's Tale or Oryx and Crake were science fiction insisting to The Guardian that they were speculative fiction instead: ''Science fiction has monsters and spaceships: speculative fiction could really happen.'' She told the Book of the Month Club: ''Oryx and Crake is a speculative fiction not a science fiction proper. It contains no intergalactic space travel no teleportation no Martians.'' and on BBC Breakfast explained that science fiction as opposed to what she wrote was ''talking squids in outer space.'' The latter phrase particularly rankled among advocates of science fiction and frequently recurs when her writing is discussed. Atwood has since said that she does at times write Social science fiction and that Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake can be designated as such. She clarified her meaning on the difference between speculative and science fiction while admitting that others use the terms interchangeably: ''For me the science fiction label belongs on books with things in them that we can't yet do.... speculative fiction means a work that employs the means already to hand and that takes place on Planet Earth'' and said that science fictional narratives give a writer the ability to explore themes in ways that realistic fiction cannot. Political involvement Although Atwood's politics are commonly described as being left wing she has indicated in interviews that she considers herself a Red Tory in the historical sense of the term. Atwood and her partner Graeme Gibson are members of the Green Party of Canada and strong supporters of GPC leader Elizabeth May. Atwood has strong views on environmental issues and she and her partner are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Club within BirdLife International. She has been Chair of the Writers' Union of Canada and President of PEN Canada and is currently a Vice President of PEN International. In the 2008 federal election she attended a rally for the Bloc Qubcois a Quebec separatist party because of her support for their position on the arts and stated that she would vote for the party if she lived in Quebec. In a Globe and Mail editorial she urged Canadians to vote for any other party to stop a Conservative majority. During the debate in 1987 over a free trade agreement between Canada and the United States Atwood spoke out against the deal including an essay she wrote opposing the agreement. Atwood celebrated her 70th birthday at a gala dinner at Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario marking the final stop of her international tour to promote The Year of the Flood. She stated that she had chosen to attend the event because the city has been home to one of Canada's most ambitious environmental reclamation programs: ''When people ask if there's hope (for the environment) I say if Sudbury can do it so can you. Having been a symbol of desolation it's become a symbol of hope.'' Despite calls for a boycott by Gazan students and a request to boycott from PACBI. Atwood visited Israel and accepted the $1000000 Dan David Prize along with Indian author Amitav Ghosh at Tel Aviv University in May 2010. Atwood commented that ''we don't do cultural boycotts''.