01 August, 2015

Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You

BY Alice Munro
Book Information1/1/0/CA/MGH-RY/1974/?  •  226x151x25  •  495  •  Nobel'13

"Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You", a collection of 13 short story, is Alice Munro's third book written during a personally difficult period* when she separated from her then husband, relocated to London, took care of her ailing father, taught creative writing in one university, and reprised the role of writer-in-residence at another. Published in May 1974 by McGraw-Hill Ryerson, the stories were mainly improvements of her older, yet published work. Reception for this book was mixed, and it is generally considered one of her weaker work. The US edition was published in September in the same year.

This is the first Canadian edition first printing with first state dust jacket that is unclipped and without price, as issued. Like the Canadian "Lives of Girls and Women", the dust jacket was printed on very fragile paper. The book is bound in green clothed board with gilt lettering, and has no topstain. The copyright page should have a complete number line.

This book is increasing rare and a VG copy with first state dust jacket is now quite hard to find. The listing price on Abebooks, of which only a few copies are available, is $100 onwards. This is a VG copy with a VG dust jacket with chippings, scuffs, and sunning, and a VG+ book that would be NF but for the owner's signature on the verso of the ffep and some minor dust spot on the top edge. 
There are no official signed first editions but you can find signed copies of this edition. Munro's signature is rather simple, so caveat emptor.


* Thacker, Robert. (2011). Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives, A Biography. Random House.
















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