The first edition of this Pulitzer Prize winner was published by McDowell Oblensky in 1957. It was 339 pages long, and the original retail price was $3.95. The first edition can be identified by the following points: Agee died before he finished the book, so his manuscript was edited and published posthumously. The true first printing lacks any statement of printing. The first issue of the first printing is the most desireable. It has blue title letters on title page, and "Walking" for "Waking" on page 80.
A Death in the Family book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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Picture of the 1957 first edition dust jacket for A Death in the Family.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for A Death in the Family.
Picture of dust jacket where original $3.95 price is found for A Death in the Family.
The first state of the first printing has blue printing on the title page and the "Walking" typo on page 80. The second state of the first printing has black printing on the title page and the "Walking" typo is corrected to "Waking". Later printings can also have blue printing on the title page, but they do not have the page 80 typo.
Page 80 starts with "Walking" on the first issue. Later printings start with "Waking".