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Illustrated Journals of Susanna Moodie
Illustrated by: Charles Pachter By (author): Margaret Atwood
9781770862210 Hardcover English General Trade POETRY / Canadian / General Canada Sep 01, 2014
$44.95 CAD
Active 9.55 x 11.58 x 0.53 in | 780 gr 120 pages Cormorant Books

The Journals of Susanna Moodie, arguably Margaret Atwood’s finest work of poetry, was first published by Oxford University Press in 1970. In it, she adopts the voice of Susanna Strickland Moodie, an English woman who came to live in the rural area near Peterborough, Ontario in the mid-nineteenth century, and who wrote about her experiences for English readers in her classic account of Canadian pioneer life, Roughing it in the Bush. Atwood’s poetry, based on the Moodie prose, covers Moodie’s arrival in Canada in 1832 and ends with a prophetic commentary by a dead Susanna Moodie on twentieth-century Canada.

Charles Pachter began illustrating the poems in 1968, when Atwood sent him a first manuscript. Of his first reading, he has written: “It was a fateful moment. I was so stunned by its beauty and power that I realized that every early Atwood folio I had done up until now (there were five) must be a rehearsal for this.” The thirty images were completed within a year, but the original folio was not produced until 1980, when 120 copies were hand-printed in a boxed edition, which is now in public and private collections around the world. In 1997, Macfarlane Walter & Ross published a small-format edition in hard covers.

Charles Pachter is one of Canada's leading contemporary artists. He is an award-winning painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer. His canvases hang in public and private collections around the world, and in the McMichael Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is the author of two children's books, M is for Moose: A Charles Pachter Alphabet (winner of the IODE Book Award, nominated for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Illustrated Book Award and the Canadian Booksellers Association's Libris Award) and Canada Counts: A Charles Pachter Counting Book. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He lives in Toronto.

Margaret Atwood has published 17 books of poetry. Her first poetry book, The Circle Game, was typeset and illustrated by Charles Pachter (Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1964) prior to publication and won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 1966. She has collaborated with Charles Pachter on several projects, all of which have been published in limited editions. Her work has been published in more than 22 languages in more than 30 countries, and includes 7 collections of short stories, 13 novels, 12 works of non-fiction, and 8 children’s books. She is the recipient of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction (The Handmaid’s Tale, 1986), the Scotiabank Giller Prize (Alias Grace, 1996), and the Man Booker Prize (The Blind Assassin, 2000), among many other awards and prizes. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada and lives in Toronto.

“A beautiful gift for that cultivated anyone imbued with true patriot love.” - National Post

“Literary and visual art seldom come together to such satisfying effect.” - Montreal Gazette

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