Alice Walker by Evelyn C. White
A Life

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A full-length portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer draws on letters, journals, and interviews to discuss her birth into a family of Georgia sharecroppers, the childhood accident that left her blind in one eye and sympathetic to human suffering, her activism during the 1960s, and her literar

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Evelyn C. White, journalist, author, and editor of The Black Women's Health Book, is a visiting scholar in women's studies at Mills College. She lives in Oakland, California, and in Canada.
Published September 1, 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company. 538 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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(For example, in her stress on Walker's instrumental work in resurrecting the writing of Zora Neale Hurston.) The culmination of this account, of course, is the stunning success of The Color Purple, which in 1982 made Walker the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize and went on to become a ...

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She begins with an account of the childhood accident that blinded Walker's right eye, leaving her with what she felt was a grotesque disfigurement: ''For six years,'' Walker later wrote, ''I do not stare at anyone, because I do not raise my head.'' Racism, family secrets and the wounds of gender ...

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From beginning to end, White (The Black Women's Health Book ), in her first biography, meticulously traces and analyzes the stages of Walker's life, emphasizing the impact on and importance of her literature in American culture.

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Alice firmly believes that ancestral spirits continue to guide her writing, and it is for those ancestors alone that Alice, now sixty years old, continues to write.

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London School of Economics

The books that inspired Sue Currell: “Alice Walker’s ‘The Color Purple’ was the book that led me back into academia after I had dropped out of an English degree.”

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We are pleased to call your attention to this thoughtful essay by Evelyn White, biographer of poet/activist/Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Alice Walker, which we found recently on the Lambda Literary site.

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