Alice Walker And The Color Purple

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Introduction Alice Walker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, African-American novelist, poet, and feminist who most famous for authoring The Color Purple. Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. She worked as a social worker, teacher, and lecturer, and took part in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Family Life Alice, the youngest daughter of eight, lived in sharecropper 's family where she grew up poor. Her mother worked as a maid to help support the family 's eight children. Her parents enriched their family by spinning stories, which Walker began to record as a child. In 1952, however, at the age of eight, she experienced a turning point. A tomboy who enjoyed playing outside with her brothers, Walker was…show more content…
and Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader (1979), was particularly instrumental in bringing Hurston 's work back into print. In addition to her deep admiration for Hurston, Walker 's literary influences include Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer, black Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks, South African novelist Bessie Head, and white Georgia writer Flannery O 'Connor. Walker returned to the South after college and worked as a voter register in Georgia and an instructor in black history in Mississippi. She recounted in Our Mothers ' Gardens that she was inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. 's message that being a southern black meant "I … had claimed to the land of my birth." Walker continued to write poetry and fiction and began to further explore the South she came from. She described in Our Mothers ' Gardens of being particularly influenced by the Russian writers, who spoke to her of a "soul … directly rooted in the soil that nourished it." She was also influenced by black writer Zora Neale Hurston, who 'd written lively folk accounts of the thriving small, southern black community she grew up in. Walker stated in Our Mothers ' Gardens how she particularly admired the "racial health" of Hurston 's work: "A sense of black people as complete, complex, undiminished human beings, a sense that is lacking in so much black writing and literature." as quoted in her book "In search of Our Mothers

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