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Toni Morrison is a highly esteemed American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Morrison began writing fiction as part of an informal group of poets and writers at Howard University who met to discuss their work. She went to one meeting with a short story about a black girl who longed to have blue eyes. She later developed the story as her first novel, The Bluest Eye. She wrote it while raising two children and teaching at Howard. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has been awarded a number of literary distinctions, among them the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and in 1993 the Nobel Prize. She has also worked as an editor for Random House, a critic, and given numerous public lectures, specializing in African-American literature.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Stated First edition. Nobel Prize winner’s scarce first book. Grey boards with blue cloth spine, stamped in silver. First issue unclipped dust wrapper with $5.95 & 10/70 on front flap. Previous owners 479 written in blue ink to inside flap of jacket, otherwise with interior clean. Some very minor foxing to end pages and page edges. Very slight age toning to white dust wrapper, otherwise very good. Binding tight. The true first edition / first state of Morrison’s landmark book.

Bookseller Inventory# 26491


The Bluest Eye
Morrison, Toni

Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston
Publication Date: 1970
Binding: Hardcover
Book CVondition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition

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