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Walker, Alice,

1944–, African-American novelist and poet, b. Eatonon, Ga. The daughter of sharecroppers, she studied at Spelman College (1961–63) and Sarah Lawrence College (B.A., 1965). She brings her travel experience in Africa and memories of the American civil-rightscivil rights,
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 movement to an examination of the experience of African Americans, mainly in the South, and of Africans. A self-described "womanist," she has maintained a strong focus on feminist issues within African-American culture. Walker won wide recognition with her novel The Color Purple (1982; Pulitzer Prize; film, 1985), a dark but sometimes joyous saga of a poor black Southern woman's painful journey toward self-realization. Among her other novels are Meridian (1976), The Temple of My Familiar (1989), By the Light of My Father's Smile (1994), and Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart (2004). Her short-story collections include You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (1981) and the partially autobiographical The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart (2000). She has also written poetry, such as Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems (1973), Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems 1965–1990 (1991), and Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth (2003). Many of her essays are collected in Living by the Word (1988) and Anything We Love Can Be Saved (1997).


See biography by E. C. White (2004); studies by D. W. Winchell (1992), H. L. Gates et al., ed. (1993), and Ikenna Dieke, ed. (1999).

Walker, Alice (Malsenior)

(1944–  ) writer, poet; born in Eatonville, Ga. She studied at Spelman College (1961–63) and Sarah Lawrence (B.A. 1965). She worked in Georgia registering voters, with the Head Start program in Mississippi, and the welfare department in New York City. She settled in San Francisco but taught at many institutions. She won wide acclaim for her poetry and fiction, notably The Color Purple (1982), a novel that explores the experience of American black women. This work won the Pulitzer Prize (1983) and was made into a successful movie (1985). Much of her later writing revolves around racial and "womanist" concerns.
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While she reached the peak of her fame over twenty years ago with the publication of The Color Purple, and while many readers may not be able to recite the name of her latest novel (it's Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart), Alice Walker is still hard at work, and still a force to be reckoned with.
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aspiring black writer Alice Walker, married to white Jewish civil rights attorney Mel Leventhal, gave birth to a multiracial child, a "translator," named Rebecca.
The play adds to a growing body of literature dealing with slavery from a female African-American perspective, including ``Our Nig,'' an obscure journal resurrected by writer Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ``Beloved.
Estela Bravo's "Fidel: The Untold Story" features prominent Americans including Muhammed Ali, Ted Turner, Alice Walker, Harry Belafonte, Sydney Pollack, Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez and former and current U.
Ferebee says works by Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes and Alice Walker are accessible classics.
Claudia Tate's first book, Black Women Writers at Work (1983), a collection of interviews with a broad range of authors, introduced writers such as Toni Cade Bambara, Kristin Hunter, Gayl Jones, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, and Sherley Anne Williams to a wide readership.
Author Alice Walker called the 4-foot 8-inch Ellis a woman of "power, audacity, and joy.
In honoring an African American that inspires her vision of the future of America, Clark identified the world-renowned writer Alice Walker as someone who has challenged people to reject indifference and embrace justice.