The Color Purple By Alice Walker

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African American, award winning novelist, Alice Walker is best known for her book, The Color Purple. Before the book Alice Walker was unknown. In 1982, Alice Walker published The Color Purple which gained publicity for her writing on young women joined by their love for each other, the men who abuse them, and the children they care for. Alice Walker, a contributor to African American literature, has a creative vision in the economic hardship, racial terror, and folk wisdom of African American life and culture. Although Alice Walker experienced harassment and self consciousness due to her look as a child nevertheless she sought solace in reading and writing because writing provided her a confident voice and allowed her to express how she felt.
Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia, the youngest of eight children. At eight years old, she suffered a traumatic injury to her eye. She and her older brothers were playing with a BB gun when it accidently hit her eye causing her to go blind in the right eye and leaving a visible whitish scar. Alice Walker attended segregated schools and graduated her high school class as valedictorian and prom queen. With the help of a scholarship she attended Spelman College in Atlanta and later transferred to Sarah Lawrence College in New York City. While attending college Alice Walker visited Africa while on a study abroad program. Alice graduated Sarah Lawrence College in 1965, the same year she published her first

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