The first edition of this popular work was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1980. It was 219 pages long, and the original retail price was $10.95. The first edition can be identified by the following criteria: First edition, 1980 is stated on the copyright page with no reference to subsequent printings.
Picture of the 1980 first edition dust jacket for Housekeeping.
Other first edition points for books by Marilynne Robinson include: Gilead, Home, Lila.
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