Alice Walker

Author of the modern classic, The Color Purple...

Alice Walker

Biography

Date of birth: 9 February 1944

Walker's writings include novels, stories, essays and poems

Topically, they focus on the struggles of African Americans, particularly women, and they witness against oppressive societies that are racist, sexist, and violent. Her writings also focus on the role of black women in culture and history. Walker is a respected figure in the liberal political community for her support of unconventional and unpopular views as a matter of principle. She is openly bisexual, and sympathetic of people of all sexualities, ethnicities, and races.

In 1982, Walker would publish what has become her best-known work, the novel The Color Purple. The story of a young black woman fighting her way through not only racist white culture, but patriarchial black culture was a resounding commercial success, and the immediacy of the characters and the story struck a nerve in readers, regardless of race, age, or gender. The book became a best seller, and was subsequently made into a 1985 movie as well as a 2005 Broadway musical play.

Book and writing awards

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1983 (The Colour Purple); National Book Award for Fiction 1983 (The Colour Purple)

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The Chicken Chronicles

The Chicken Chronicles

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When Alice Walker grew up in the deep south of America, her family always kept chickens - for meat and for eggs - and her job was to chase down the Sunday dinner! In later life, when she settled in Mexico and was growing her own food, she...
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The Color Purple

The Color Purple (Paperback)

by Alice Walker

Format: Paperback 272 pages
Published: 05/08/2004
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

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'One of the most haunting books you could ever wish to read?it is stunning - moving, exciting, and wonderful' Lenny Henry Set in the deep... Read more


Anything We Love Can be Saved

Anything We Love Can be Saved (Paperback)

by Alice Walker

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 17/02/2005
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

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'The passion of lyricism that Alice Walker put to such good use in her novel The Color Purple is here in this collection of essays' Fay... Read more

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Now is the Time to Open Your Heart

Now is the Time to Open Your Heart (Paperback)

by Alice Walker

Format: Paperback 240 pages
Published: 01/09/2005
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

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'A modern take on the Odyssey in which it is Penelope who wanders far from home before returning to her Odysseus' Sunday Telegraph Kate has... Read more

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By the Light of My Father's Smile (Paperback)

by Alice Walker

Format: Paperback 240 pages
Published: 17/02/2005
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

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'All your life you have the necessary illusion that you know all there is to know about heartbreak. I hate to the one to tell you about the... Read more

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The Complete Stories (Paperback)

by Alice Walker

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 17/02/2005
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

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'Stories are, after all, like a thumbprint. Unique to the soul and heart they are by creation attached' Comprising two volumes - In Love and... Read more


Alice Walker: Living by the Word: Selected Writings, 1973-87

Alice Walker: Living by the Word: Selected Writings, 1973-87 (Paperback)

by Alice Walker

Format: Paperback 208 pages
Published: 20/10/2005
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

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Living by the Word is a memorable collection of essays, letters and journal extracts from Pulitzer Prize winner, Alice Walker. In her own immaculate... Read more

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Alice Walker: Collected Poems: Her Blue Body Everything We Know : Earthling Poems 1965-1990 (Paperback)

by Alice Walker

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 20/10/2005
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

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' I am the woman offering two flowers whose roots are twin. Justice and Hope Hope and Justice Let us begin' Alice Walker has been writing... Read more

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The Complete Stories - Classic S.

The Complete Stories - Classic S. (Paperback)

by Alice Walker

Format: Paperback 300 pages
Published: 01/06/2000
Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd

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Gleaned from her experiences as a child and young adult in America's Deep South and her life as an activist, lover, mother and teacher, this... Read more

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The Same River Twice (Paperback)

by Alice Walker

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 20/10/2005
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

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In the early 1980s, The Color Purple was a runaway success, it had won the Pulitzer Prize and Steven Spielberg was making the book into a film. Yet... Read more

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Overcoming Speechlessness

Overcoming Speechlessness (Paperback)

by Alice Walker

Format: Paperback 75 pages
Published: 20/05/2010
Publisher: Seven Stories Press,U.S.

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You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down - A Women's Press classic

You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down - A Women's Press classic (Paperback)

by Alice Walker

Format: Paperback 176 pages
Published: 01/06/2001
Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd

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In this splendid volume we encounter a whole range of characters: the guru who preaches that 'nobody's anything'; the rich white lawyer... Read more

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