Item No: #363738 Five Signed Notes, 1987 to 2005. Margaret Atwood.

Five Signed Notes, 1987 to 2005

Notes: Five notes from the Canadian author of The Handmaid's Tale and winner of two Booker Prizes addressed to an autograph collector in France.

1) 24 November 1987. "Grimm's fairytales had an influence on me. Otherwise I am an eclectic reader and work my way through a variety of books." Typeset letter, signed (TLS); probably output on a laser printer; folded for mailing, with the mailing envelope. 8-1/2 by 11 inches. Five lines, signed "Margaret Atwood."

2) 18 May 1989. "In answer to your question about influences: The Brothers Grimm made a strong impression on me when I was young, beyond that I can't think of any writers I return to on a regular basis." Typeset letter, signed (TLS); probably output on a laser printer; folded for mailing, with the mailing envelope. 8-1/2 by 11 inches. Three lines, signed "Margaret Atwood."

3) 20.2.89. A form letter, declining all requests, "I am on the brink of total collapse." In addition to the note declining requests is a stream of consciousness evocation of the pressures felt by a popular author, which begins and ends in the middle of a phrase. "it won't take you long, all we want is your name, you won't have to DO anything • don't be selfish • save the rainforest • save the Rogue River Valley....going to the doctor to see why I have these symptoms • guess what Superwoman it's stressstressstress..." Even after this note, Atwood has handwritten the date, the recipient's name, and signs at the bottom. She also adds a four-line postscript in French, signed "MA", about her books being translated into French. 8-1/2 by 11 inches; folded in quarters for mailing.

4) July 11, 91. A printed postcard with similar, but shorter content. "Unfortunately I am on the brink of collapse...I cannot add anything else to the pile." Signed, dated, and addressed by Atwood.

5) November 30, 2005. "I'm delighted that you enjoy my works and I appreciate your having taken the time to write. I have printed below a few lines from my poem 'A Sad Child' from my collection Morning in the Burned House." Five lines from the poem are printed at the bottom of the letter. Typeset letter, signed (TLS); probably output on a laser printer; folded for mailing, with the mailing envelope. 8-1/2 by 11 inches. Three lines plus the excerpt from the poem, signed "Margaret Atwood." Atwood adds a handwritten postscript, "your English is fine! MA."

I hope the collector actually liked Atwood's books and bought new copies that earned her some small royalty.

Edition + Condition: All five items are in excellent condition.

Item No: #363738

Price: $1,250