First Edition Points and Criteria for Ironweed

Year Published: 1983
Author Last Name: Kennedy
Author First Name: William
Publisher: Viking
Original Price: $14.75
Pages: 227

The first edition of this Pulitzer Prize winner was published by Viking in 1983. It was 227 pages long, and the original retail price was $14.75. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: "First published in 1983 by The Viking Press" is stated toward the top of the copyright page with no other statements of subsequent printings. No author photo on dust jacket. The misspelling of "perceivced" vs. "perceived" on page 205, line 22 is not a first issue point because it exists into the third printing.

Ironweed won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Picture of the 1983 first edition dust jacket for Ironweed.
Picture of the 1983 first edition dust jacket for Ironweed.

"First published in 1983 by The Viking Press" is stated toward the top of the copyright
"First published in 1983 by The Viking Press" is stated toward the top of the copyright page. Subsequent printings are stated above the viking logo on the bottom of the copyright page.

Identification picture of Ironweed.

Identification picture of Ironweed.

Identification picture of Ironweed.

Identification picture of Ironweed.

Identification picture of Ironweed.

The misspelling of "perceivced" vs. "perceived" on page 205, line 22 is not a first issue
The misspelling of "perceivced" vs. "perceived" on page 205, line 22 is not a first issue point because it exists into the third printing.

The dust jacket on the left is the first issue.  The dust jacket on the right is the
The dust jacket on the left is the first issue. The dust jacket on the right is the second issue which has the addition of the author's photo.

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