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Alice Walker


(Alice Malsenior Walker)
USA flag (1944 - )

Alice Walker is an African American novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and activist. Her most famous novel, The Color Purple, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1983. Walker's creative vision is rooted in the economic hardship, racial terror, and folk wisdom of African American life and culture, particularly in the rural South. Her writing explores multidimensional kinships among women and embraces the redemptive power of social and political revolution.Walker began publishing her fiction and poetry during the latter years of the Black Arts movement in the 1960s. Her work, along with that of such writers as Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor, however, is commonly associated with the post-1970s surge in African American women's literature.
 
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Short stories
A Woman Is Not a Potted Plant (1991)


Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book winner (1983) : The Color Purple
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (1983) : The Color Purple


Alice Walker recommends

Cane (1923)
Jean Toomer
"[Cane] has been reverberating in me to an astonishing degree. I love it passionately; could not possibly exist without it."

A Piece of Mine (1984)
J California Cooper
"In its strong folk flavor, Cooper's work reminds us of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston... It is a delight to read."
Dessa Rose
Dessa Rose (1986)
Sherley Anne Williams
"A deep, rich, compelling work... I am astonished, moved and delighted with the language, the thought, the obvious collaboration of the ancestors and the love I read on these pages."
Nervous Conditions
Nervous Conditions (1988)
(Nervous Conditions, book 1)
Tsitsi Dangarembga
"I am delighted to recommend this remarkable novelist."

S (1999)
Slavenka Drakulić
"A writer of senstivity, intelligence and grace."

All Woman and Springtime (2012)
Brandon W Jones
"One of the most absorbing, chilling, beautifully written and important novels I've read in many years."


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