The Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

The Bluest Eye is a 1970 novel by American author Toni Morrison. It is Morrison's first novel, written while Morrison was teaching at Howard University and was raising her two sons on her own. The story is about a year in the life of a young black girl in Lorain, Ohio named Pecola Breedlove. It takes place against the backdrop of America's Midwest as well as in the years following the Great Depression. 

Brutal in its depictions of racism, incest, and child molestation, The Bluest Eye has remained on the often-challenged and banned books list almost every year since its publication.

First Edition Identification and Notes

Quite scarce! Morrison's first novel was published by Holt Rinehart Winston in New York, 1970. The first edition is stated on the copyright page, and the jacket is priced at $5.95.

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The Bluest Eye

by MORRISON, TONI

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Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.
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1970
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First Edition of the author's first book; review copy, with the review slip and the author’s publicity photo laid in. A fine c
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New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970. First Edition of the author's first book; review copy, with the review slip and the author’s publicity photo laid in. A fine copy in a dust jacket with very slight browning; far above average.
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Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

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1970
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Fine
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1st Edition
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Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970 First Edition, First Printing. A gorgeous copy. This copy is SIGNED by Toni Morrison on a laid in signature. An ORIGINAL dustjacket that is vibrant in color with light wear to the edges. This First Issue dustjacket has the $5.95 price and 1070 code present on the front flap. The book is in nice shape… Read more
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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

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1970
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Near Fine
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Stated First Edition with no mention of subsequent printings (First Printing), in the first issue dust jacket with the 1070 code on the bottom of the front flap; A Near Fine book in a Very Good dust jacket. SIGNED by the author on a bookplate affixed to the half title page. An outstanding copy of this novel by the Pulitzer… Read more
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Bluest Eye

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1970
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Fine
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1st Edition
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First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. A wonderful Review copy with the publisher's Review Silp laid into the book. Included with the publisher's review is a picture of Toni Morrison. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has the $5.95 printed price and 1070 code present on the front flap of the dustjacket. The book is… Read more
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1970
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Fine
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1st Edition
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Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970 First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. A wonderful copy. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has the $5.95 printed price and 1070 code present on the front flap of the dustjacket. The book is in great shape with light wear to the spine and edges. The binding is tight, and… Read more
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The Bluest Eye.

by MORRISON, Toni.

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[1970].
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Ink inscription to verso of rear free endpaper; ink name to front free endpaper; otherwise a very good copy with a little dust-s
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First edition.
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The Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

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1970
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Near Fine
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First British Edition
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London: Chatto & Windus, 1970. First British Edition. Near Fine/Near Fine. First British edition, first printing. Signed by Toni Morrison on the title page. Bound in publisher's blue cloth-affect paper-covered boards with titles printed in gilt on the spine. Near Fine with light wear at corners and spine ends. In a Near Fine price-clipped dust jacket with light… Read more
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The Bluest Eye: A Novel

by Morrison, Toni

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1970
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Fine
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9780030850745
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Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Unclipped DJ in archival cover. Signed by the author Toni Morrison on the title page. Book Club Edition. . Fine. Hardcover. 1970.
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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

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Scorpion Press
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1979
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Very Fine
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First British ed.
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9780701123741
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This is the first edition (British) of the late Toni Morrison's first novel. She signed the book at the Hay Festival in 2014. This copy is unread and looks as new because it has been in a collection for over thirty years. The book has a faint hint of dust on the top edge o/w clean, sound… Read more
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The Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

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1970
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Very Good+
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1st Edition
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Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. Book. Very Good+. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Stated First Edition. Browning to top page edges. Small previous owner embossed stamp to half-title page. Word in red oil pen about three-inches long to rear end paper $5.95 price on jacket with 1070 on bottom of front jacket flap. Browning to white portion of jacket. Very shallow chip… Read more
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The Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

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1979
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Near Fine
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1st Edition
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9780701123741
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London: Chatto and Windus, 1979. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. Very nice copy of the first British edition of Morrison's debut novel, published nine years after the U.S. edition. Near fine book with pushing to spine ends and ownership signature on ffep. Jacket is very good with some foxing to edges and rear inner… Read more
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The Bluest Eye: A Novel

by Morrison, Toni

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1970
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9780030850745
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Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. 3rd printing, quarter cloth binding Book Club hardcover in a jacket. Crisp and unmarked, NF/VG. 164pp. Afterword from 1993. Very nice jacket does have a small bit of scratching to back panel, now in a new mylar cover. Photo of Morrison on back.. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.… Read more
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bluest Eye

by MORRISON Toni

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2012
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THE BLUEST EYE

by TONI MORRISON

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1994
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9780452282193
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by Morrison, Toni

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1993
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9780375411557
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1993
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1993
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Chatto & Windus. London. 1993. 0701162082. Hardcover, 8vo, 164pp. Unclipped jacket (now in protective sleeve) very good with very slight shelfwear. Boards and contents near fine with fine booklet to rear. .
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by Morrison, Toni

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9780375416538
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THE BLUEST EYE

by MORRISON, TONI

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PUB 1994
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NEW YORK NY: RANDOM HOUSE. 3 CD AUDIO BOOK. PUB 1994. READ BY TONI MORRISON AND RUBY DEE (3 HOURS) ABRIDGEMENT BY TREBBE JOHNSON . OTHER THAN A SHORT CRACK AT THE BACK OF THE JEWEL CASE AN EXCELLENT COPY. .
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The Bluest Eye

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The Bluest Eye

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9780671531461
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The Bluest Eye

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1994
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9780679434740
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The Bluest Eye: A Novel

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1994
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1999
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The Bluest Eye

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2000
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The Bluest Eye: A Novel

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1970-06-01
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Bluest Eye

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THE BLUEST EYE

by TONI MORRISON,

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1994
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1972-01-01
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