Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Feb. 9: Alice Walker, American author and activist


Alice Walker (1944) American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist. She was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1983), for her third novel (of seven?), The Color Purple. The frequently-censored epistolary novel follows the life of Celie, a poor, uneducated 14-year-old girl living in the Southern U.S. in the early 1900s. It was adapted into a film by Steven Spielberg (nominated for eleven Academy Awards, including Whoopi Goldberg for Best Actress as Celie, and Oprah Winfrey for Best Supporting Actress, but won none) and a musical on Broadway.


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