Alice Walker:

By Duchess Magazine

Award winning Author Of ‘The Color Purple’ ?? “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” Pulitzer Prize winning American Novelist, Poet, Social Activist and Feminist Alice Malsenior Walker, born 1944, the eighth child of African American sharecroppers in Eatonton, Georgia, U.S. is one of the world’s most celebrated authors.

Her deeply insightful works – novels, short stories, and poems which reflects the struggle of the African American community in terms of racism, sexism and misogyny have earned her a place amongst the most respected figures in liberal political community.

A young Walker received a scholarship to Spelman College where she studied for two years before transferring to Sarah Lawrence College. Upon graduating in 1965, Walker moved to Mississippi and became involved in the civil rights movement.
Walker published her first work of fiction, The Third Life Of Grange Copeland, in 1970. In 1976, Walker published her second novel, Meridian. However, her most notable novel till date the Color Purple was published in 1982. It won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction and was adapted into a film by Steven Spielberg in 1985. A musical version produced by Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones premiered in 2004.

Alice Walker is also noted for having penned novels Meridian (1976) and The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970). A staunch feminist, advocating for women of color, Walker coined the term womanist to mean “A black feminist or feminist of color” in 1983.

Walker a recipient of several awards also won the 1986 O. Henry Award for her short story “Kindred Spirits.” Alice Walker’s other awards include: * The Lillian Smith Award from the National Endowment for the Arts
* The Rosenthal Award from the National Institute of Arts & Letters
* The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, the Merrill Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship
* The Front Page Award for Best Magazine Criticism from the Newswoman’s Club of New York ?


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