First Edition Points and Criteria for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Year Published: 2007
Author Last Name: Diaz
Author First Name: Junot
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Original Price: $24.95
Pages: 339

The first edition of this recent Junot Diaz book was published by Riverhead Books in 2007. It was 339 pages long, and the original retail price was $24.95. The first edition identification criteria are as follows: Copyright page has full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2". Boards are white with white cloth spine and red lettering. Back of dust jacket says "Praise for Junot Díaz" and has 3 reviews - by Walter Mosley, The New York Times Book Review, and Newsweek.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Picture of the 2007 first edition dust jacket for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Picture of the 2007 first edition dust jacket for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Picture of dust jacket where original $24.95 price is found for The Brief Wondrous Life
Picture of dust jacket where original $24.95 price is found for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Picture of the first edition Riverhead Books boards for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar
Picture of the first edition Riverhead Books boards for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Brief Wondrous Life of
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Identification picture of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Identification picture of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

The book on the left is the first issue dust jacket.  The book on the right is the second
The book on the left is the first issue dust jacket. The book on the right is the second issue dust jacket. Note that the reviews are different.

We are investigating a possible variant of the first edition.  The books in this photo
We are investigating a possible variant of the first edition. The books in this photo are both first editions. But the one on the left has a black and white end band, and the one on the right has a red and white end band. So far we have observed only red and white end band on later printings, and nearly all black and white end bands on first printings. These limited observations suggest that the bands started out as black and white, and were switched to red and white late in the first printing.

Autograph: Signature of Junot Diaz.
Autograph: Signature of Junot Diaz.



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