Remarkable Atwoodian book covers
Margaret Atwood Reading Month is a literary jolly organized by Naomi at Consumed by Ink and Marcie at BuriedInPrint. Every November participants read and review Atwood’s work (including her journalism, fiction, poetry and comics), take part in scheduled events or simply concentrate on a single piece of her writing.
I’m leaping straight into the chosen theme for Week Two (hosted by Naomi), having opted to do an Atwood Shelfie by Shelfie in the first week.
Here are a few of my favourite Atwood covers (there are so very many):
The Handmaid’s Tale (1985)
Life Before Man (1979)
Good Bones (1992)
The Robber Bride (1993)
The Edible Woman (2002)
The Tent (2006)
The Virago collection
I would like very much to collect every Atwood title in this distinctive Virago series.
Categories: Readathons / Challenges
Lovely post Paula! I’m very attached to my green Virago Atwoods but I do agree the new style of their covers for her are really effective too.
What was the Dave Carley Edible Woman – was it a play? It completely passed me by!
Thank you, Madame B. Well, I have to agree about the green Viragos, they’re special – but I’m quite taken with the new Atwood covers.
Yes, it was adapted for the stage. Here’s an interesting link to DC’s Edible Woman:
So many good one! The Virago ones are gorgeous, I love that artwork in progress effect.
Thank you, Rennie. I have about five in the new design, so it’s tempting to continue collecting the rest!
The covers in the Virago collection are stunning.
They certainly look a treat on the shelf!
Fond as I am of the old Virago jackets for old times’ sake that Handmaid’s Tale jacket is hard to beat.
Stunning, isn’t it!
Thanks for taking me down memory lane when cover art was truly an art.
Glad you enjoyed them, Jonetta. There were such a variety of Atwood covers from which to choose.
They’re all soo good.
Thank you, Rose Marie.
I strangely like the cover for The Handmaid’s Tale. The others? Not so much.
Atwood covers tend to be fairly quirky and left of field (much like the author herself). There have been numerous illustrations for The Handmaid’s Tale over the years but I think this is definitely one of the best.
the simplicity says it all quite effectively.
Lovely selection of covers, Paula, many of which I hadn’t seen. The Viragos are stunning but I have a love for some of the more obscure and unusual ones!
Thank you, Karen. There are certainly a great many ‘obscure and unusual’ Atwood covers – it would be so easy to get carried away and post hundreds of them!
I love the Viragos – it would be wonderful to own the whole collection! I also love the contrasting colours of The Handmaid’s Tale cover. And the cover of Good Bones makes me smile.
Thanks for joining in, Paula!
I’m loving the whole thing, Naomi. It’s lovely to find a band of fellow Atwoodians in the blogosphere!
The cakes on the cover of The Edible Woman made me giggle (but I think it’s fitting for the book, although I don’t remember that passage and the description of the cake perfectly). IIRC, the copy of The Edible Woman I read originally was a rather colourless pocketbook but when I reread it in the later ’90s I think there was fruit and a stilllife involved). My favourites here are probably the Virago series, which seem sophisticated and I think that suits her too! Thanks for reading along and being such an enthusiastic Atwood reader: it is lovely to have company while turning these pages!
I’m thoroughly enjoying this event. Marcie. Thank you! 😃
I love that Virago series Paula! Like you I’d love to have every book in those editions! 😍
Tempting, aren’t they?
Very much so! 🤔