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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The Bluest Eye

by MORRISON, Toni

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Published
1970
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near fine
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First
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New York: Holt Rinehart, 1970. First. hardcover. near fine/near fine. 8vo, cloth backed boards, d.w. (slightly browned). New York: Holt, Rinehart, (1970). First Edition.<br/><br/> A near fine copy of her uncommon first book, inscribed, "To.... from Toni 11.13.1971 Thank you for all the poetry, sensibility and common sense. First issue dust wrapper, with $5.95 & 10/70 on… Read more
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The Bluest Eye

by MORRISON, Toni

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Argosy Book Store
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1970
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near fine
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First
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New York: Holt Rinehart, 1970. First. hardcover. near fine/near fine. 8vo, cloth backed boards, d.w. New York: Holt, Rinehart, (1970). First Edition.<br/><br/> A near fine copy of her uncommon first book, inscribed, "To....Sincere Best wishes - Toni Nov. 1. 1972. NYC." First issue dust wrapper, with $5.95 & 10/70 on front flap.<br/><br/>
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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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by Morrison, Toni

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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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Jeffrey H. Marks Rare Books
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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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New York:: Holt Rinehart & Winston,, [1970].. First edition.. publisher's cloth-backed boards in dust jacket. . Ink inscription to verso of rear free endpaper; ink name to front free endpaper; otherwise a very good copy with a little dust-soiling to the cloth. In a bright, unchipped jacket with one tiny closed tear and a small brown stain to… Read more
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The Bluest Eye: A Novel

by Morrison, Toni

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J. Mercurio Books, Maps, & Prints
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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
Published
1979
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Very Fine
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First British ed.
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9780701123741
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$1,450.00

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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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Jay W. Nelson, Bookseller
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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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1970
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Good
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New York: Holt Rinehart Winston, 1970. Hardcover. Good/Very Good. First edition. Ex-library copy lacking front and rear fly leaves, a few pages with substantial stains, pastedowns a bit skinned, a good only copy in a moderately age-toned, about very good dustwrapperwith light edgewear and toning at the edge of the rear flap. A landmark book and one of… Read more
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1970
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New York: Holt Rinehart Winston, 1970. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. First edition. Stray ink stroke on front fly, sunned on the spine, thus very good, in about very good dustwrapper with the inside of the flaps a bit skinned and likely removed from another copy, offsetting mostly on the front panel, in part from an old jacket protector.… Read more
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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

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Judd Books
Published
1980
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As New
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1st Edition
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9780701123741
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Chatto and Windus, 1980. 1st Edition . Hardcover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall.
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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

by MORRISON, Toni

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1972
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Very Good
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New York: Pocket Books, 1972. Softcover. Very Good. First paperback edition. 160pp. Pages toned, single modest crease on the spine, a clean, very good or better copy. Nobel Laureate's scarce first novel. Morrison was the first African-American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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The Bluest Eye: A Novel

by Morrison, Toni

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Turn-The-Page Books
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1970
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Near Fine
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Book Club (BCE/BOMC)
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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, THE

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9780307278449
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bluest Eye

by MORRISON Toni

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2012
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New
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The Bluest Eye (MCI) (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

by Toni Morrison (Editor), Harold Bloom (Editor)

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1999-01-01
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Used:Good
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9780791051917
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THE BLUEST EYE

by TONI MORRISON

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1994
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9780452282193
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BOOK COVER AND PAGES FINE 215 P
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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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THE BLUEST EYE

by MORRISON, TONI

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JOHN LUTSCHAK BOOKS
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PUB 1994
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3 CD AUDIO BOOK
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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

by Toni Morrison

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Ergodebooks
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1993-01-01
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Used:Good
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First Edition
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9780679433736
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The Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

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1994
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Very Good
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9780679434740
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Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.: Random House, 1994. Two cassettes, three hours playing time. Read by the author and Ruby Dee. Very good with some aging & shelfwear to box.. Audio Book (Cassette). Very Good. Book.
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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

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2007-01-01
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Used:Good
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9780808562825
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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

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Ergodebooks
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2005-09-06
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Used:Good
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9780452287068
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The Bluest Eye: A Novel

by Morrison, Toni

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9780030850745
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Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Used - Very Good. Used - Very Good EX- LIBRARY BOOK - well-cared for item that has seen limited use but remains in Very Good condition. The item is complete, and without noticeable damage. It may have limited signs of use. Item is packed with care, shipped promptly.
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The Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

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2007
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New
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9781606866801
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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

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VERY GOOD
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9780586049822
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The Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

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1999
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New
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9780808562825
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The Bluest Eye

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J. E. MILES, A BOOKSELLER
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2007
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9780307278449
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The Bluest Eye

by Morrison, Toni

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J. E. MILES, A BOOKSELLER
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1994
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Fair
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Underlined, Notations
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Penguin. Fair. 1994. Underlined, Notations. Soft Cover. (H343) .
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The Bluest Eye

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2000
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New
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9780375411557
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The Bluest Eye

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9780586049822
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9780586049822
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THE BLUEST EYE

by TONI MORRISON,

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DELHI BOOK STORE
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1994
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UsedLikeNew
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N/A
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9780452273054
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The bluest eye

by Morrison, Toni

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1972-01-01
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Good
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1st
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9780671476236
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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

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9780808562825
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The Bluest Eye

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1994-09-01
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9780452273054
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The Bluest Eye

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The Book House - St. Louis
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1993
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Very Good
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9780375411557
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by Morrison, Toni

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by Morrison, Toni

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2007-05-08
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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

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1994-09-01
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9780452273054
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The Bluest Eye

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1994-01-01
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Used:Good
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Plume
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9780451183675
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The Bluest Eye

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2005
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Near Fine Condition
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9780452287068
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Essential Editions, 2005. Softcover. Near Fine Condition/No Dust Jacket. Text appears clean, Cover has some very light wear. Spine is in very good condition. Inside like new, looks great. 215 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Fiction; ISBN: 0452287065. ISBN/EAN: 9780452287068. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available… Read more
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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

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Paperback
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9780451183675
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