The Color Purple – Alice Walker 1982 | 1st Edition


  • Author: Alice Walker
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, NY, 1982
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: First Edition, Dust Jacket

First edition, first printing with “First Edition” and code B C D E stated on copyright page. Binding tight, square, slight toning at spine ends and edges, internally fine, previous owner’s gift instription on half-ttitle page. DJ rubbed at spine ends and edges, a small chip on top rear panel. Near Fine in VG Dust Jacket.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Alice Walker’s iconic modern classic.

A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance and silence. Through a series of letters spanning twenty years, first from Celie to God, then the sisters to each other despite the unknown, the novel draws readers into its rich and memorable portrayals of Celie, Nettie, Shug Avery and Sofia and their experience. The Color Purple broke the silence around domestic and sexual abuse, narrating the lives of women through their pain and struggle, companionship and growth, resilience and bravery. Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, Alice Walker’s epic carries readers on a spirit-affirming journey towards redemption and love.

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