Saturday, January 23, 2010

General Fiction/Non-Fiction - Paperbacks of the 1960s, 1970s & 1980s

In the main, the books I am about to show here, are a mixture of mass market paperbacks - the small pocket sized variety and larger formats like King Penguins etc. There will even be a few hard covers as well.

I have decided to take it in alphabetical order, starting with A. Alvarez’ book, The Savage God, a rather interesting study on suicide that was a best seller in the 1970s.


Next – Margaret Atwood’s early novels. I must admit the covers aren’t all that inspiring, but then again she did write quite a different sort of novel in her early career compared to her latest novels.

Lady Oracle was my first encounter with Margaret Atwood, and it impressed me enough at the time to continue collecting her books.

atwood_ladyoracle1978 atwood_ediblewoman1976
atwood_bodilyharm1983 atwood_lifebefroreman1981

Then of course she went on to produce the fabulous Handmaid’s Tale, a wonderful feminist dystopian novel. This edition is a Virago Press edition.


And finally, for the moment – I have other Atwood books on other shelves which I will get to later - Cat’s Eye, also published by Virago Press.


To finish this post a couple of books by John Barth. The Sotweed Factor, with its outrageous plot, was another of those books which were very popular in the 1970s.

The below editions were published in 1972 & 1973 respectively.

barth_sotweed1972 barth_chimera1973

General paperback fiction/non-fiction continues in the next post…


Laura said...

I do think we have improved upon the artwork...although these are interesting. Do they seem a little--what's the word--or words? Way too frilly-feminine?


Anne S said...

Laura: Yes, the covers look like romance novels, whereas we know that Margaret Atwood is a feminist writer, and her books are rather anti romance.

I just reread Lady Oracle to contrast it with Oryx & Crake and The Year of the Flood, which I also recently read, and it's not bad at all.