Born: 9 February 1944
Birthplace: Eatonton, Georgia
Best known as: The author of The Color Purple
Alice Walker wrote The Color Purple
, the 1982 novel that won the Pulitzer
Prize and was made into a Steven Spielberg
movie starring Oprah Winfrey
and Whoopi Goldberg
. Walker was a civil rights activist as a young woman in the American south, and an editor at Ms.
magazine in the 1970s. The Color Purple
tells the story of Celie, a poor black Georgia woman who struggles to overcome childhood traumas and achieve a sense of pride and self-worth. Though it was a novel that brought her greatest fame, Walker is recognized more as a poet and essayist. Her volumes of poetry include Once
(1968), Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems
(1973), Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful
(1984) and Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems
(2003). Her other books include Now is the Time to Open Your Heart
(2005) and Why War is Never a Good Idea
Walker attended Spelman College in Atlanta from 1961-63, then transferred to Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence in 1965… She was married to Melvyn Leventhal from 1967-77. They had one daughter, Rebecca, in 1969.
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