DANCE OF THE HAPPY SHADES: Stories. Foreword by Hugh Garner (INSCRIBED)
Edition: First printing
Toronto: Ryerson, 1968. Octavo, light green cloth. Very light yellowing to page edges, small cloth dimple at head of spine, just a mite leaned; scattered tiny pencil marginalia in text and a few lines of pencil notes on verso of rear blank, else a fine copy. Dust jacket has two short tears at upper inner corner of rear panel; a short internal damp streak not showing externally or on the book; spine has one tiny rubbed spot and light sunning to the magenta portion; else fine. With the gold sticker on the front cover announcing the book's winning of the Governor-General's Award. The author's first book, arguably the most important book in the history of Canadian literature, launching as it did the career of one of the world's greatest living short story writers. A collection of 15 short stories, all winners. It won a Governor-General's Award, the first of three such. Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature, well deserved. This copy is inscribed on the title page "For Ted and Elke, with love, Alice". The inscribee was Edmonton poet, critic, and translator E.D. Blodgett (1935-2018), who won a Goveror-General's Award in 1996 for his poetry collection APOSTROPHES: WOMAN AT A PIANO. He also wrote ALICE MUNRO (1988), a major critical study in the Twayne's World Author Series (# 800), which project accounts for them becoming personal friends. It was bought direct from Blodgett's widow. Elke was his first wife, who died in 1991 (I believe). A great association copy of a great book.
Condition: Binding: Hardcover.