Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1981. First Edition. A distinguished copy of Atwood's ninth collection of poems, inscribed to author and political activist Kay Boyle (1902-1992). Atwood would write a generous introduction to the reissue of Boyle's Three Short Novels (The Crazy Hunter, The Bridegroom's Body, and Decision), published in 1982. In 1986, both women received Los Angeles Times Book Prizes – Boyle was presented the Robert Kirsch award for a body of work by an author living in the West, while Atwood received the fiction prize for The Handmaid's Tale. A warm association. Ahearn APG 037a. Item #5791
First Impression, a trade paperback original. Octavo (21.5cm); glossy pictorial card wrappers; ,5-103,pp. Inscribed on the half-title page by Atwood in the year of publication to American novelist and political activist Kay Boyle (1902-1992): "For Kay Boyle / With much admiration / Margaret Atwood / 1981." Light wear to and yellowing to extremities, with subtle, upward curl to front wrapper; Very Good or better. With a brief etter from Atwood to Boyle tipped onto the verso of front wrapper. Original typed letter on cream stock (measuring 8.5" x 11"), dated May 2, 1981; 16 lines (64 words), signed "With all best wishes, Margaret Atwood." Two old folds, with a few stray ink spots, and a brief holograph note in Boyle's hand on verso.