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THE COLOR PURPLE by  Alice Walker - First edition - 1982 - from Type Punch Matrix (SKU: 1062)


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by Walker, Alice

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New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. First edition. Fine. First printing of Alice Walker's breakaway success, a book centered around the experience of African-American women in the rural South. THE COLOR PURPLE is an epistolary novel about an African-American family in Georgia, following the fate of two sisters through their letters to each other. The book is particularly famous for the beauty of its language, which Walker shapes with astonishing perfection. Walker notably appreciated the design for the first edition dust jacket, remarking that the house "looks almost exactly like the church I attended as a child." A controversial winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the book remains a frequent target of censorship, despite its predominant themes of love and resilience. An American classic. 8.25 x 5.25''. Original quarter purple cloth with cream paper boards, silver-lettered spine. Original unclipped purple typographic dust jacket designed by Judith Kazdym Leeds. [8], 245, [1] pages. Ink ownership inscription on front pastedown, else fine.


The Color Purple is an acclaimed epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker. Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, this collection of letters weaves an intricate mosaic of women joined by their love for each other, the men who abuse them, and the children they care for. In this, The Color Purple focuses on black female life in the American South during the 1930s, addressing the numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. Because of the explicit content, particularly in terms of violence, The Color Purple has been a frequent target of censors, appearing on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-1999.

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Walker, Alice
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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
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New York
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Woman Author,LGBTQ+,20th century,Post-WWII,African American author,African American subject,Books to Film

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