New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970 First edition, first printing. Signed by Morrison on the title page. Publisher's gray boards over blue cloth, lettered in silver; in the original white dust jacket designed by Herb Lubalin and Jay Tribich, lettered in blue and gray. Very good, with light soiling and minor bowing to the boards, light spotting to the page edges, former owner's inscription to the front free endpaper, minor pencil marginalia on the preface, otherwise bright and clean pages; unclipped dust jacket, with some light wear and rubbing to the extremities, light toning to the spine and front panel, bright and clean panels. Overall, a tight and very good copy, signed by the author. In The Bluest Eye, the author's first novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Pecola Breedlove, an eleven year old African-American girl, who, convinced by those around her that she is ugly, longs for "the bluest eye" so as to be considered beautiful. After being raped and impregnated by her father, Pecola loses her prematurely born child and slips into insanity. As the dust jacket cautions: "It's not only a black story, it's a very very dark one." Interestingly, Morrison introduces the novel by summarizing the plot and explaining, "There is really nothing more to say- except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how." Although it has been censored for its controversial subject matter and graphic scenes, The Bluest Eye was an immediate critical success and won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Literature.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Dust Jacket Included.