Walker, Alice: The Color Purple

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Alice Walker: THE COLOR PURPLE The author: Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944 in a small town in Georgia, USA as the eighth child of a poor family. Her and her parents experiences with racism in the South of the USA deeply influenced Walker s writing. When she was eight, one of her brothers accidentally shot her in one eye, blinding her forever. Since she felt ashamed, she isolated herself from other people. In 1961 she received a scholarship for disabled students in Spelman College in Atlanta and became active in the African-American civil rights movement. Soon she went to Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she graduated in 1965, and travelled as an exchange student to Uganda. At this time her short story To Hell with Dying and her first collection of poetry Once: Poems were published. In 1967 Walker married Malvyn Leventhal, a Jewish civil rights lawyer, with whom she had one daughter before they got divorced. Soon, her second novel Meridian and her most famous novel The Color Purple (1982) came out. She won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award and in 1985 a film based on this novel was made. The Color Purple was often criticised, but it had also a lot of supporter, especially among black women and it was called a feminist fable . In 1992 Walker wrote Possessing the Secret of Joy . It s about the marriage of Adam and Tashi, two characters in The Color Purple . In her later works Walker has continued to deal with the problems that face black women ...

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