First Edition Points and Criteria for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Year Published: 1940
Author Last Name: McCullers
Author First Name: Carson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 356

The first edition of this classic Carson McCullers book was published by Houghton Mifflin Company in 1940. It was 356 pages long, and the original retail price was $2.50. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: 1940 is stated on both the title page and the copyright page. Binding is oatmeal cloth with maroon lettering. Photo of author on back of dust jacket with three reviews. Back dust jacket flap has a review of Summer's Lease by E. Arnot Robertson.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is an Oprah's Book Club selection. This book is also one of Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels. Other Time 100 Novels include The Grapes of Wrath and All the King's Men

Picture of the 1940 first edition dust jacket for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
Picture of the 1940 first edition dust jacket for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Picture of dust jacket where original $2.50 price is found for The Heart is a Lonely
Picture of dust jacket where original $2.50 price is found for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Picture of the first edition Houghton Mifflin Company boards for The Heart is a Lonely
Picture of the first edition Houghton Mifflin Company boards for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Heart is a Lonely
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
Picture of the first edition title page for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

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