"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood
Houghton Mifflin, Boston - 1986 first American edition first printing - condition: fine copy in fine first issue dust jacket.
Rare first American edition of Atwood's masterpiece
The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, published in 1985. It is set in a near-future New England, in a strongly patriarchal, quasi-Christian, totalitarian state, known as Gilead, that has overthrown the United States government. The central character and narrator is a woman named Offred, one of the group known as "handmaids," who are forcibly assigned to produce children for the "commanders" – the ruling class of men.
The novel explores themes of subjugated women in a patriarchal society and the various means by which they resist and attempt to gain individuality and independence. The novel's title echoes the component parts of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, which is a series of connected stories (such as "The Merchant's Tale" and "The Parson's Tale").
The Handmaid's Tale won the 1985 Governor General's Award and the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987; it was also nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award, the 1986 Booker Prize, and the 1987 Prometheus Award. The book has been adapted into a 1990 film, a 2000 opera, a 2017 television series, and other media.
In 2019, a sequel novel, The Testaments, was published.
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- Author/ Illustrator
- Margaret Atwood
- Book Title
- The Handmaid's Tale
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
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- Dust jacket
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- 18×15 cm