Alice Walker ephemera
- 1988 - 2000
- Walker, Alice, 1944- (Person)
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.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal sized folder)
Biographical / Historical
Walker is known for championing racial and gender equality in her work. Her first book of poetry, Once, appeared in 1968, and her first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland, was published in 1970. Her first collection of short stories, In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Woman, was published 1973, and bears witness to sexist violence and abuse in the African American community. After moving to New York, Walker completed Meridian (1976), a novel centered on the coming of age of several civil rights workers in the 1960s.
Walker later moved to California, where she wrote her most popular novel, The Color Purple (1982), which depicts the growing up and self-realization of an African American woman between 1909 and 1947 in Georgia. The novel won a Pulitzer Prize. Walker’s later fiction includes The Temple of My Familiar (1989), an examination of racial and sexual tensions; Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992), a narrative centred on female genital mutilation; By the Light of My Father’s Smile (1998), the story of a family of anthropologists posing as missionaries in order to gain access to a Mexican tribe; and Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart (2005), about an older woman’s quest for identity.
Walker authored numerous essays, compiled in In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens: Womanist Prose (1983), Sent by Earth: A Message from the Grandmother Spirit After the Bombing of the World Trade Center and Pentagon (2001), We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For (2006), and The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way (2013). Walker also wrote critical essays on such female writers as Flannery O’Connor and Zora Neale Hurston, as well as juvenile fiction.
Walker has won numerous awards and honors, including the Rosenthal Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Lillian Smith Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Merrill Fellowship.
Historical information adapted from sources: Alice Walker. (2017, March 15). Retrieved October 5, 2018, from https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/alice-walker.
Britannica, T. E. (2018, September 28). Alice Walker. Retrieved October 5, 2018, from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Alice-Walker.
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