The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

The Color Purple is an acclaimed epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker. Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, this collection of letters weaves an intricate mosaic of women joined by their love for each other, the men who abuse them, and the children they care for. In this, The Color Purple focuses on black female life in the American South during the 1930s, addressing the numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. Because of the explicit content, particularly in terms of violence, The Color Purple has been a frequent target of censors, appearing on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-1999.

First Edition Identification

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich first published The Color Purple in New York in 1982. First editions state “First Edition” on the copyright page along with “BCDE,” the publisher’s code.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

In 1992, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published a hardcover Tenth Anniversary Edition of The Color Purple, which includes a new preface by the author.

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The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

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Used - Near fine, former owner inscription on front free end papers; otherwise, a clean, strong and very nice copy.
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Very good with some light wear and chipping to perimeter aspects of jacket.
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Second Printing in a first state dust jacket
Published
1982
Binding
Hardcover 8vo quarter bound with purple cloth spine and silver lettering, cream boards in an glossy illustrated dust jacket, 245
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0151191530
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New York City, NY & London, England: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, 1982. Second Printing in a first state dust jacket. Hardcover 8vo quarter bound with purple cloth spine and silver lettering, cream boards in an glossy illustrated dust jacket, 245 pp. Near fine, former owner inscription on front free end papers; otherwise, a clean, strong and very nice copy./Very… Read more about this item
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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

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Fair
Edition
First US Edition/First Printing
Published
1982
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Hardcover
ISBN 10
0151191530
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New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. First US Edition/First Printing. Hardcover. Good /Fair. A First Printing of the author's highly acclaimed novel with First Edition stated and with correct letter sequence BCDE on copyright page. In ivory boards with purple spine cloth and silver type(a little dulled). Corners still pretty sharp, though all dinged and/or split. Some… Read more about this item
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The Color Purple: a novel [signed]
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by Walker, Alice

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1982
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Hardcover
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New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. 245p., signed by Walker on the title page, stated first edition with letters BCDE as called for by Zempel & Werkler, lightly shelfworn quarter-cloth boards in edgeworn unclipped dust jacket with original $11.95 price intact. True first of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for 1983, signed.
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The Color Purple: A Special 40th Anniversary Edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (Signed Anniversary Edition)
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by Walker, Alice

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1st Edition 1st Printing
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2022
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London: W&N, 2022. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. New/New. 1st Printing. Signed to tip in page. Brand new copy.
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The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

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Fine
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First hardcover, first printing
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1086
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Blue cloth and silvert titles
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0704350165
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This is the first hardcover printing (1986) issued by the Woman's Press, a feminist publishing house of London. A powerful novel in the recognition of identity and feminist literature. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1963 and the basis for the Stephen Spielberg film.The book is fine except for a hint of aging to the topedge of… Read more about this item
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THE COLOR PURPLE (Tenth Anniversary Edition} SIGNED

by Walker, Alice

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Fine
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First Thus Edition 1st Printing
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1992
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Hardcover
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0151191549
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New York, New York, U.S.A. : Harcourt Brace & Company, 1992. First Thus Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed by author on title page in black fountain ink. Finem first thus edition. Alice Walker's masterpiece, a powerful novel of courage in the face of oppression. Originally published in 1982, THE COLOR… Read more about this item
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THE COLOR PURPLE

THE COLOR PURPLE

by Walker, Alice

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The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

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1992-05-22
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0151191549
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Color Purple, The

Color Purple, The

by Walker, Alice

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Reprint
Published
2004
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Paperback
ISBN 10
0753818922
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London, England: Phoenix Press, 2004. Book. Good. Soft cover. Reprint. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Medium softcover, reprint, 264gms, 262 pages. Book is in good condition with minor general wear and tear and moderate page discolouration/spotting thoughout, otherwise no other pre-loved markings..
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The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

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Used
Edition
First Harcourt Brace Edition, Second Printing
Published
1992
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Hardcover
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0151191549
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New York, San Diego, London: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1992. First Harcourt Brace Edition, Second Printing. Hardcover. Octavo; VG-/G+; white spine with red, black and purple text; stated first Harcourt Brace edition, second printing; "10th anniversary" edition; dust jacket exterior shows mild exterior wear; few minor wear to edges; cloth exterior shows minimal wear; tight binding; strong boards; text… Read more about this item
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The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

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Used - Near Fine
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Near Fine
Edition
First Edition
Published
1982
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Hardcover
ISBN 10
0151191530
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New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. First Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 245pp.; HB quarter-bound; white w/purple&silver; slight rub w/lt.wear on edges; lt.soil,foredge; clean,tight pgs. DJ palegray w/purple-pic.cover; slight rub. Walker's classic of two sisters in a period between the World Wars. laid in signed… Read more about this item
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The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

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1st Washington Square Press; Pocket Books
Published
1983
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Paperback
ISBN 10
0671458531
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New York, 1983. 1st Washington Square Press; Pocket Books. Paperback. Fine copy; appears to be unread; previous owner's name signed to top edge of inside cover; faintest edgewear from age; o/w spine hinge is not creased; wrappers and pages are clean, bright and free of marks and creases.. Octavo in white wrappers; 253 pages; 22 cm. In English.… Read more about this item
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The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

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First American Edition
Published
1982
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Hardcover
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New York: Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, 1982. Winner of both the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. Basis for excellent film. Bookplate on front endpaper applied with glue, else fine. Jacket is bright and fresh with short crease and tiny wrinkle on back panel. First edition stated then B C D E on copyright page. .… Read more about this item
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The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

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1983
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0671526022
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Washington Square, 1983. Trade Paperback. New. New - May Have Minor Shelf Wear To Edges. - For More Information On Condition. Please See All Photos. - Life Wasn't Easy For Celie. But She Knew How To Survive, Needing Little To Get By. Then Her Husband's Lover, A Flamboyant Blues Singer, Barreled Into Her World And… Read more about this item
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The Color Purple: Alice Walker

The Color Purple: Alice Walker

by Walker, Alice

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ISBN 10
1780228716
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The Color Purple (Signed)

by WALKER, Alice

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Fourth Impression
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1982
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Hardcover
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0151191530
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New York: Harcourt Brace & World, 1982. Bound in purple cloth over white boards. Endpapers professionally restored and book tightened. (slight bumping to one corner). Dust jacket is in great condition, just shows a hint of rubbing to bottom edge. A tight, clean copy of the fourth impression of the first edition (with "DE" on the bottom… Read more about this item
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The Color Purple: Alice Walker

The Color Purple: Alice Walker

by Walker, Alice

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The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

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1983
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Soft Cover
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0671458531
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The Color Purple; The Musical about Love
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The Color Purple; The Musical about Love

by Alice Walker

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Souvenir brochure with color photos of specific scenes for the stage adaption of Alice Walker's book, The Color Purple. Text accompanying photos is provided by composers, actors, dramaturgs, designers etc. The program of cast and technical staff for the Broadway show is found as an insert.
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The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

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Published
April 1990
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Trade Paperback
ISBN 10
0671727796
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