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Alice Walker

(Alice Malsenior Walker)
USA flag (b.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.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Revolutionary Petunias (poems) (1973)
   In Love and Trouble (1973)
   Once (poems) (1976)
   Good Night, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning (poems) (1979)
   You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (1981)
   Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful (poems) (1984)
   Alice Walker Poetry (poems) (1985)
   Her Blue Body Everything We Know (poems) (1991)
   Everyday Use (1992)
   Giving Birth, Finding Form (1993) (with Isabel Allende and Jean Shinoda Bolen)
   Quartet of Stories (1993) (with others)
   The Complete Stories (1994)
   The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart (2000)
   Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth (poems) (2003)
   A Poem Traveled Down My Arm (poems) (2003)
   Collected Poems (poems) (2005)
   Hard Times Require Furious Dancing (poems) (2010)
   The Alice Walker Collection: Fiction (2013)
   The World Will Follow Joy (poems) (2013)
   Collected Essays, Prose, and Stories (2018)
   Taking the Arrow out of the Heart (poems) (2018)
Alice Walker recommends
I Kick and I Fly (2023)
Ruchira Gupta
"Any work from Ruchira Gupta is sure to further the cause of liberating women, especially, and in this novel, girls. It takes a strong belief in us, and especially in our young ones, to persevere as she does in both art and politics. The absolute belief that if the heart is moved, so might be the positive activities for justice and freedom, of the mind."
A Dog's Purpose (2010)
(Dog's Purpose, book 1)
W Bruce Cameron
"An amazing book. I laughed and smiled and cried. Wise… and sure to open the hearts of all who read it. Bailey has much to teach us about a dog's love of liberty."
S (1999)
Slavenka Drakulić
"A writer of senstivity, intelligence and grace."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Alice Walker
Life (2013)
Great Short Stories for Women by Women
edited by
Victoria Hislop

More anthologies 

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

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