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