The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” Straight from the mouth of Alice Walker this quote was spoken in order to point out that fact that none of God’s creatures were put on this Earth to be someone else’s property. Alice Walker is an African-American novelist and poet who took part in the 1960’s civil rights movement in Mississippi. Walker's creative vision was sparked by the financial suffering and racial horror of African American life and culture in the rural South. Her writing explores different relationships among women and embraces the compensating power of social and political revolution. Walker was a catalyst for change during her lifetime.
Alice Malsenior Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. Alice Walker is one of the most admired African-American authors writing today. Because she was the youngest daughter of sharecroppers, Walker grew up fairly poor. Her mother spent her days as a maid in order to provide for her eight children. When Walker was about 8 years old, she was victim to a serious injury that impacted her life and personality. She was shot in the right eye with a BB pellet dur8ing agame of cowboys and Indians with two of her brothers. Pasty scar tissue formed in her damaged eye, and caused her to become self-conscious of this visible mark. After the incident, Walker largely withdrew from the world around her.

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