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The Journals of Susanna Moodie

Atwood, Margaret and Charles Pachter, eds

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ISBN 10: 0395880432 / ISBN 13: 9780395880432
Published by Houghton Mifflin, Wilmington, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Limited slipcased edition. Gilt illustrated paper over boards, cloth spine. No DJ as issued. As new. Unpaginated. Bookseller Inventory # 1732

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Title: The Journals of Susanna Moodie

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Wilmington, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Margaret Atwood's The Journals of Susanna Moodie (1970), regarded by many as her most fully realized volume of poetry, is one of the great Canadian and feminist epics. In 1980, Margaret Atwood's longtime friend, the distinguished Canadian artist Charles Pachter, illustrated, designed, and published a handmade boxed portfolio edition of 120 copies of the poem with silkscreen prints, created as an act of homage to the poet. Atwood herself has said of Pachter's work, "His is a sophisticated art which draws upon many techniques and evokes many echoes." The poem and the prints inspire one another. This is the first facsimile edition of the original, as well as the first one-volume American edition of the poem, with an introduction by Charles Pachter and a foreword by David Staines.


The poetic/artistic exploration of what it means to find yourself thrown into a hostile environment, these poems by Margaret Atwood and silk-screen illustrations by Charles Pachter are based on the journals of Canadian pioneer Susanna Moodie. The setting allows Atwood to write cutting lines about the fundamental tensions in creating and defining a self. One such tension, the assertion of will on the world as well as on one's self, set against the spirit-crushing tribulations of loneliness and hopelessness, is especially electric. The Journals of Susanna Moodie is a beautiful and hypnotic book.

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