First Edition Points and Criteria for The Color Purple

Year Published: 1982
Author Last Name: Walker
Author First Name: Alice
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Original Price: $11.95
Pages: 245

The first edition of this modern classic Alice Walker book was published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1982. It was 245 pages long, and the original retail price was $11.95. The first edition identification criteria are as follows: First edition states "First Edition" and the letter code "BCDE" on copyright page. Purple cloth-backed boards.

The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award.

Picture of the 1982 first edition dust jacket for The Color Purple.
Picture of the 1982 first edition dust jacket for The Color Purple.

Identification picture of The Color Purple.

Identification picture of The Color Purple.

Identification picture of The Color Purple.

On the first printing dust jacket, the bottom of the back flap does not have the San
On the first printing dust jacket, the bottom of the back flap does not have the San Diego address of the publisher. That address was added to later printings.



Other first edition points for books by Alice Walker include: The Third Life Of Grange Copeland.

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