The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

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.

First Edition Identification and Notes

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich first published The Color Purple in New York in 1982. First editions state “First Edition” on the copyright page along with “BCDE,” the publisher’s code.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

In 1992, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published a hardcover Tenth Anniversary Edition of The Color Purple, which includes a new preface by the author.

Reviews

Review this book and you'll be entered for a chance to win $50!

Available copies

cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Xochis Bookstore and Gallery
Published
1982
Condition
Near Fine
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780151191536
Item Price
£1,980.72

Show Details

Description:
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. 245pp.; HB quarter-bound; white w/purple&silver; slight rub w/lt.wear on edges; lt.soil,foredge; clean,tight pgs. DJ palegray w/purple-pic.cover; slight rub. Walker's classic of two sisters in a period between the World Wars. laid in signed title page from the paperback editiion.. Signed. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo -… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£1,980.72
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Seller
Grayshelf Books, IOBA, TXBA
Published
1982
Condition
Fine
ISBN
9780151191536
Item Price
£1,196.69

Show Details

Description:
First Edition/Early Printing in the 2nd state jacket with the $12.95 price to the front flap; A Fine book in a Near Fine dust jacket. SIGNED by the author directly to the title page. An outstanding copy of this seminal novel, winner of multiple awards and basis for the Spielberg movie; a Classic of 20th Century Literature. This copy is… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£1,196.69
No cover image available

The Color Purple (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Alice Walker

Seller
Ergodebooks
Published
2003-05-01
Condition
Used:Good
ISBN
9781417632817
Item Price
£790.79

Show Details

Description:
Turtleback, 2003-05-01. School & Library Binding. Used:Good.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£790.79
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by WALKER, Alice

Seller
Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
Published
1982
Condition
Fine
Item Price
£742.77

Show Details

Description:
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First edition. Slight rub on the spine else fine in about fine first issue dustwrapper with a couple of tiny smudges. The author's best-known novel, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Additionally the basis for the 1985 Steven Spielberg film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey,… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£742.77
cover of The Color Purple - SIGNED by the Author

The Color Purple - SIGNED by the Author

by Walker, Alice

Seller
John Atkinson Books
Published
1986
Item Price
£650.00

Show Details

Description:
London: The Women's Press, 1986. A first edition, first printing published by The Women's Press in 1986. A near fine book without inscriptions - SIGNED by the Author on the title page in a very good+ unclipped wrapper with some wear to the corners and a trifle pushed to spine tips. A genuinely scarce signed edition of the the… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£650.00
No cover image available

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Timothy Norlen Bookseller
Published
1982
Condition
Near Fine
Edition
First American Edition
Item Price
£519.94

Show Details

Description:
New York: Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, 1982. Winner of both the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. Basis for excellent film. Bookplate on front endpaper applied with glue, else fine. Jacket is bright and fresh with short crease and tiny wrinkle on back panel. First edition stated then B C D E on copyright page. .… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£519.94
No cover image available

The Color Purple

by WALKER, ALICE

Seller
Hard To Find Books
Item Price
£209.92

Show Details

Description:
The Women's Press 1986. FIRST UK HARDCOVER EDITION, super octavo, black heavy card boards, silver gilt lettering to spine, 245pp, VG+ (light bruising to spine extrems, ligth scuffing & foxing to page edges) in d/w, VG (light to moderate creasing & chipping to edges, light chafing & soiling to covers)
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£209.92
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Seller
Sparrow's Bookshop
Published
1982
Condition
Very good
Edition
First Edition
Item Price
£206.33

Show Details

Description:
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good/Very good. First edition, early printing with "BCDE" present on copyright page but lacking "First Edition". Jacket protected in mylar. Pages are clean and unmarked and binding is tight. Buckram along spine has faded, corners are bumped and spine ends are softened. Cover has some tears and chipping along edges… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£206.33
No cover image available

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Ergodebooks
Published
2001-05-10
Condition
Used:Good
ISBN
9780704346666
Item Price
£186.06

Show Details

Description:
Women's Press Ltd,The, 2001-05-10. Paperback. Used:Good.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£186.06
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Lost Paddle Books, IOBA
Published
1982
Condition
Very Good
Edition
First US Edition/2nd Printing
ISBN
9780151191536
Item Price
£165.06

Show Details

Description:
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. First US Edition/2nd Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Second Printing of the author's highly acclaimed novel with printing sequence 'BCDE' on copyright page and no statement of edition. In ivory boards with purple spine cloth and silver type. Vertical crease to spine which is very slightly cocked. Some small stains to bottom… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£165.06
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Keeper of the Page
Published
1982
Condition
Near Fine
Edition
2nd Printing
ISBN
9780151191536
Item Price
£160.19

Show Details

Description:
USA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1982 2nd Printing Near Fine/Very Good DJ Light tip wear to white boards o/w Fine, purple cloth spine with silver lettering. Faint soil to page edges. Light wear to bright glossy dust jacket with tiny mended chips and tears.. 2nd Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good DJ.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£160.19
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
John Atkinson Books
Published
1986
Item Price
£150.00

Show Details

Description:
London: The Women's Press, 1986. A first edition, first printing published by The Women's Press in 1986. A near fine book without inscriptions in a very good+ clipped wrapper with some wear to the corners and a touch of spotting to the endlfaps.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£150.00
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Fine Book Cellar Limited ABA ILAB PBFA
Published
1983
Condition
Very Good+
Edition
First
Item Price
£150.00

Show Details

Description:
First edition, first impression (The Women's Press Limited, 1983). The true first UK edition, preceding the first hardback edition, which was issued three years later. Originally published in the US the previous year. The book bears signs of having been read carefully by way of a slight spine slant and mild creasing along spine; edges slightly toned with one or… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£150.00
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Lost Paddle Books, IOBA
Published
1982
Condition
Good
Edition
First US Edition/First Printing
ISBN
9780151191536
Item Price
£148.55

Show Details

Description:
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. First US Edition/First Printing. Hardcover. Good /Fair. A First Printing of the author's highly acclaimed novel with First Edition stated and with correct letter sequence BCDE on copyright page. In ivory boards with purple spine cloth and silver type(a little dulled). Corners still pretty sharp, though all dinged and/or split. Some… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£148.55
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
The Second Shelf
Published
1986
Condition
Near Fine
Item Price
£100.00

Show Details

Description:
London: The Women's Press, 1986. Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Color Purple was first published in hardback in the UK by The Women's Press. Walker's arresting first person narrative is epistolary, told in letters. Celie's coming of age story frankly discusses rape, traumatic loss of family, and the love and friendship of women. The Women's… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£100.00
No cover image available

The Color Purple: A Novel (G K Hall Large Print Book Series)

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Bonita
Condition
Good
ISBN
9780816141418
Item Price
£96.27

Show Details

Description:
Hardcover. Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£96.27
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
GridFreed LLC
Published
1982-06-01
Condition
New
ISBN
9780151191536
Item Price
£82.59

Show Details

Description:
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982-06-01. Hardcover. New. New.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£82.59
No cover image available

The Color Purple (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Bonita
Condition
Good
ISBN
9781417632817
Item Price
£81.88

Show Details

Description:
Library Binding. Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£81.88
No cover image available

Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Transmutation Publishing
Published
1982
Edition
First
Item Price
£74.28

Show Details

Description:
1982. First. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Pubs., NY, 1982; 1st edition, 7th printing (G); very fine condition with a fine dust jacket; Alice Walker; Literature
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£74.28
No cover image available

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
J. E. MILES, A BOOKSELLER
Published
1982
Condition
Good/No Dust Wrapper
Item Price
£74.19

Show Details

Description:
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Good/No Dust Wrapper. 1982. Hard Cover. (I343) .
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£74.19
cover of The Color Purple (MCI) (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

The Color Purple (MCI) (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

by Alice Walker (Editor)

Seller
Ergodebooks
Published
2000-01-01
Condition
Used:Good
ISBN
9780791056660
Item Price
£73.64

Show Details

Description:
Chelsea House Publications, 2000-01-01. Hardcover. Used:Good.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£73.64
No cover image available

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
GridFreed LLC
Published
2001-01-01
Condition
New
ISBN
9780704346666
Item Price
£73.21

Show Details

Description:
Women's Press Ltd,The, 2001-01-01. Paperback. New.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£73.21
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
GridFreed LLC
Published
2007-11-01
Condition
New
ISBN
9780753818923
Item Price
£72.20

Show Details

Description:
Phoenix, 2007-11-01. Paperback. New. As new.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£72.20
No cover image available

Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Seller
GridFreed LLC
Published
1987-03-15
Condition
New
ISBN
9780671647452
Item Price
£71.67

Show Details

Description:
Pocket, 1987-03-15. Mass Market Paperback. New. New.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£71.67
cover of The Color Purple: Tenth Anniversary Edition

The Color Purple: Tenth Anniversary Edition

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Ed's Editions Bookstore
Published
1992-05-22
Condition
Very Good
Edition
First THUS
ISBN
9780151191543
Item Price
£70.15

Show Details

Description:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1992-05-22. First THUS. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. First Thus- First Edition, First Printing of the Tenth Anniversary Edition. Dust jacket and book are clean, has a good binding, no marks or notations. Minor overall wear. Dust jacket price not clipped. Minor foxing to the top page edge.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£70.15
cover of Color Purple

Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
GridFreed LLC
Published
1996-01-01
Condition
New
ISBN
9780671668785
Item Price
£69.86

Show Details

Description:
Pocket Books, 1996-01-01. Paperback. New.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£69.86
cover of The Color Purple / The Temple of My Familiar

The Color Purple / The Temple of My Familiar

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Bonita
Condition
Good
ISBN
9780547555638
Item Price
£66.90

Show Details

Description:
Hardcover. Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£66.90
cover of The Color Purple: Tenth Anniversary Edition

The Color Purple: Tenth Anniversary Edition

by Walker, Alice

Seller
GridFreed LLC
Published
1992-05-22
Condition
New
ISBN
9780151191543
Item Price
£65.73

Show Details

Description:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1992-05-22. Hardcover. New. New.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£65.73
No cover image available

The Color Purple (Wildfire Books)

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Bonita
Condition
Good
ISBN
9780521403979
Item Price
£62.86

Show Details

Description:
Hardcover. Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£62.86
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
GridFreed LLC
Published
1998-02-01
Condition
New
ISBN
9780671019075
Item Price
£56.61

Show Details

Description:
Washington Square Press, 1998-02-01. Paperback. New.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£56.61
No cover image available

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
GridFreed LLC
Published
1983-01-01
Condition
New
ISBN
9780671458539
Item Price
£55.06

Show Details

Description:
Washington Square Press, 1983-01-01. Paperback. New.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£55.06
No cover image available

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
GridFreed LLC
Published
1985-06-01
Condition
New
ISBN
9780671617028
Item Price
£54.47

Show Details

Description:
Pocket Books (Mm), 1985-06-01. Mass Market Paperback. New.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£54.47
No cover image available

The Color Purple

by WALKER ALICE

Seller
GridFreed LLC
Published
1983-06-01
Condition
New
ISBN
9780671526023
Item Price
£54.40

Show Details

Description:
Pocket Books, 1983-06-01. Paperback. New.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£54.40
cover of The Color Purple (Musical Tie-in)

The Color Purple (Musical Tie-in)

by Walker, Alice

Seller
GridFreed LLC
Published
2006-11-01
Condition
New
ISBN
9780156031820
Item Price
£54.28

Show Details

Description:
Harvest Books, 2006-11-01. Mass Market Paperback. New. New.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£54.28
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Seller
GridFreed LLC
Published
2003-01-01
Condition
New
ISBN
9780156028356
Item Price
£54.28

Show Details

Description:
Harvest Books, 2003-01-01. Paperback. New. New.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£54.28
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
GridFreed LLC
Published
1990-04-01
Condition
New
ISBN
9780671727796
Item Price
£52.93

Show Details

Description:
Pocket, 1990-04-01. Mass Market Paperback. New. New.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£52.93
No cover image available

The Color Purple (Color Purple (1))

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Bonita
Condition
Good
ISBN
9781440792304
Item Price
£52.17

Show Details

Description:
Audio CD. Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£52.17
No cover image available

The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Seller
Alba's Books
Published
1992
Condition
As New
Edition
First Thus
Item Price
£49.52

Show Details

Description:
New York: (GRACE) Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. First Thus. Hardcover. As New/As New. Octavo. With the 'A' on the copyright page, this is the Tenth Anniversary Edition with a new preface by the author, and in a new, attractive format with new cover art by Joan Eda. A pristine copy, clean and unmarked.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£49.52
No cover image available

Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Seller
Bonita
Condition
Good
ISBN
9780671647452
Item Price
£49.43

Show Details

Description:
Mass Market Paperback. Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£49.43
cover of The Color Purple: Tenth Anniversary Editon

The Color Purple: Tenth Anniversary Editon

by Alice Walker

Seller
Ergodebooks
Published
1992-05-22
Condition
Used:Good
ISBN
9780151191543
Item Price
£47.55

Show Details

Description:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1992-05-22. Hardcover. Used:Good.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£47.55
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Bonita
Condition
Good
ISBN
9780151191536
Item Price
£47.09

Show Details

Description:
Hardcover. Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£47.09
No cover image available

The Color Purple (Harvest Book)

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Bonita
Condition
Good
ISBN
9780756929732
Item Price
£46.11

Show Details

Description:
Library Binding. Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£46.11
No cover image available

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Bonita
Condition
New
ISBN
9781690382690
Item Price
£42.63

Show Details

Description:
Hardcover. New. Brand New.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£42.63
cover of The Color Purple: Tenth Anniversary Edition

The Color Purple: Tenth Anniversary Edition

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Bonita
Condition
Good
ISBN
9780151191543
Item Price
£42.47

Show Details

Description:
Hardcover. Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£42.47
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by WALKER, ALICE

Seller
Bonita
Condition
Good
ISBN
9780704339057
Item Price
£42.15

Show Details

Description:
Paperback. Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£42.15
cover of The Color Purple (Musical Tie-in)

The Color Purple (Musical Tie-in)

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Bonita
Condition
Good
ISBN
9780156031820
Item Price
£41.84

Show Details

Description:
Mass Market Paperback. Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£41.84
cover of Color Purple

Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
Bonita
Condition
Good
ISBN
9780671668785
Item Price
£41.27

Show Details

Description:
Paperback. Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£41.27
No cover image available

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
J. E. MILES, A BOOKSELLER
Published
1983
Condition
Good
ISBN
9780671458539
Item Price
£41.22

Show Details

Description:
Washington Square. Good. 1983. Soft Cover. 0671458531 (L324) .
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£41.22
cover of The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
AlrightBookstore
Published
1983
Condition
New
ISBN
9780671526023
Item Price
£41.22

Show Details

Description:
Washington Square. New - May Have Minor Shelf Wear To Edges. - For More Information On Condition. Please See All Photos. - Life Wasn't Easy For Celie. But She Knew How To Survive, Needing Little To Get By. Then Her Husband's Lover, A Flamboyant Blues Singer, Barreled Into Her World And Gave Celie The Courage To Ask… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£41.22
No cover image available

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice

Seller
J. E. MILES, A BOOKSELLER
Published
1982
Condition
Good
Item Price
£41.22

Show Details

Description:
Harcourt. Good. 1982. Soft Cover. (I213) .
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£41.22