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ATWOOD, Margaret. 1 page typed letter signed, to Terry Poulton dated June 1 75.
8 ½ x 11 with Atwood's printed address ‘Box 1401 Alliston, Ontario LOM 1AO' printed at the top right. With three holes punched in the left margin for insertion in a binder, small red stain on the top edge but certainly very good. (WITH) An autograph note (9 lines) signed, to Terry Poulton, dated June 22 (1975). Stiff card, 5 1/4 x 3 1/4, with Atwood's address ‘Box 1401 Alliston, Ontario LOM 1AO' printed at the top right. Four tiny pin holes from removal of staples else fine.

Both these letters relate to an interview with Margaret Atwood published in the May 1975 issue of Commuique, an arts journal funded by the Canadian Conference of the Arts and edited by Terry Poulton. As 1975 was International Women's Year, Communique produced a special issue (May) devoted to Women in the Arts in Canada. As part of this issue, Susan Swan, a then unknown writer, was commissioned to interview Margaret Atwood. In the first letter, Atwood thanks Poulton for sending her ‘two issues of Communique', which she praises as an ‘attractive & informative issue.' Atwood also expresses her pleasure with ‘Susan Swan as an interviewer', and asks Poulton for Swan's address as the ‘note I wrote to tell her so, care of Communique, ... was returned to me.' In the short autograph note that follows Atwood thanks Poulton for sending Swan's address and also thanks her for ‘her kind words.' Atwood expresses the writers' need for positive feedback telling Poulton, ‘You'd be surprised how seldom anyone says them---I guess people think if you're famous your ego is stuffed enough already, or that you have no doubts or problems.'

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