First edition, (first issue dust jacket), inscribed and signed on half-title: “I was mistaken. There is nothing more for me to say about this book! Alice Walker 2014.” It is hard for some authors to revisit old books, even when they are triumphs like The Color Purple, which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1983, and, of course, became a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg in 1985. It has the more dubious distinction of being number 17 on the American Library Association’s 100 most banned/challenged books between 2000-2009. As far back as 1982 the Oakland school board deliberated whether its language and depiction of sexuality was too intense for the city’s high school students (Walker won that round), but many school boards have challenged it in the years since.
WALKER, Alice (b. 1944). The Color Purple. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. 8°. Original half-cloth boards, dust-jacket.