Having produced historical novels, science fiction books, collections of poetry, scripts for television, non-fiction works and children’s stories; Margaret Atwood has demonstrated an impressive range of literary skills (she has even patented her own remote computer technology).
Atwood won the Booker prize in 2000 for The Blind Assassin, following numerous nominations, and also has many other awards for her books. With a catalogue of work spanning more than fifty years, she is one of the most highly respected Canadian authors of the modern era.
For the collector there are over fifty titles from which to choose. Her first major novel, which set her onto the path of literary recognition, is the self styled “proto-feminist”, The Edible Woman, from 1969. A first edition from McClelland and Stewart Ltd. might be expected to reach $400 to $500.
More recent titles can expect to attract lower prices. The Blind Assassin published by Doubleday can be picked up for $50 while, The Robber Bride from 1993, might reach up to $75. For collectors looking to obtain first editions of her poetry work, the 1981 True Stories, might be available for a mere $25. Her non-fiction works also attract attention and a first edition of Negotiating with the Dead published in 2002 by Cambridge University Press would attract a similar price tag. The work itself is based on a series of six lectures she gave at Cambridge University on the subject of the writers’ craft.
Atwood then is still a relatively affordable author. Her extensive library of works means that collectors will have a great deal of choice if they want to purchase her work as most titles are relatively easy to locate. Few authors can match her range of titles so it is likely that there is something of interest for any collector.
Margaret Atwood. The Circle Game. Contact Press, Toronto (1966). 200 Copies printed; First Canadian Edition; Hardcover 50 Copies; Softcover 200 Copies; White coloured wraps lettered in black with red spiral drawing on front cover and title page
Margaret Atwood. The Animals in That Country.. Little, Brown, Boston (1968). First American Edition;
Margaret Atwood. The Edible Woman. Andre Deutsch, London (1969). First British edition with the Kaye Bellman designed
Margaret Atwood. The Edible Woman. Atlantic Little Brown, Boston (1969). Pictorial DJ $5.95;First American Edition
Margaret Atwood. Power Politics. House of Anansi, Toronto (1971). dust-jacket designed by William Kimber; Atwood's fifth collection of poetry
Margaret Atwood. Surfacing. McClelland and Stewart, Toronto (1972). First Canadian Edition
Margaret Atwood. Life Before Man. McClelland and Stewart, Toronto (1979). First Canadian Edition
Margaret Atwood. Notes Towards a Poem. Salamander Press, Toronto (1981). Limited to 200 Numbered Copies Signed by Margaret Atwood;
Margaret Atwood. Snake Poems. Salamander Press, Toronto (1983). Limited edition hand bound by Anne Goluska, designed and printed by Glenn Goluska; 100 copies
Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid's Tale. McClelland and Stewart, Toronto (1985). dust jacket price of $22.95; First canadian edition
Margaret Atwood. From Ink Lake. Lester and Opren Dennys, Toronto (1990). First Canadian Edition
Margaret Atwood. Nightingale. Harbourfront Reading Series, Toronto (2000). 3 Stories; 31 Roman-numeralled copies signed by Atwood; 556 copies in all
Margaret Atwood. The Blind Assassin. Bloomsbury, London (2000). First British edition
Margaret Atwood. The Blind Assassin. McClelland and Stewart, Toronto (2000). First Canadian Edition; $37.99 Canadian