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Alice Walker – American Author

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If you have watched the movie, The Colour Purple, you have seen the writer of the award winning story, Alice Walker.

Alice Walker’s brother accidentally shot her in the eye with a BB pellet when she was eight. She became blind in that eye. Due to her defect, she became self-conscious, shy and withrawn. She felt like she was ugly and disabled.

 It was during this period that she began to read and write. At fourteen, she had an eye surgery to improve her appearance. But at the time, she was already hooked on writing and reading and couldn’t stop.

Brief Biography

Alice walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet and activist. She was born in Eatonton, Georgia USA in 1944. Because she was very brilliant, Walker got a scholarship to attended Spelman College and later switched to  Sarah Lawrence College with another scholarship.

After college, she worked as a social worker, teacher and lecturer. As an activist she active in the Civil Rights Movement to fight for the equality of African Americans.

In 1967, she got married to her white husband, Melvyn Rosenman Levental and they became the first legally married inter-racial couple to live in Missisipi. They had a daughter, Rebecca before divorcing in 1976.

Writing Career

After the publication of her third novel, The Colour Purple in 1982, her career as a writer took a great turn and she became very successful. In 1983, the amazing work of fiction won Walker both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award For Fiction. The Colour Purple made it to the big screen in 1985 directed by Steven Spielberg starring Whoopi Golberg as Celie, Opra Winifrey and Danny Glover.
The movie was a huge success just like the Novel.

List of Alice Walker’s Works


Novels

– The Third Life of Grange Copeland

– Meridian

– The Color Purple

– The Temple of My Familiar

– Possessing the Secret of Joy

– By the Light of My Father’s Smile

– Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart


Short Stories

– In Love & Trouble: Stories of Black     Women

– Alice Walker Banned

– You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down

– The Way Forward Is With A Broken    Heart


Essays and Prose

– In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, Womanist Prose

– Anything We Love Can Be Saved

– Living By the Word

– I Love Myself When I Am Laughing….A Zora Neale Hurston Reader (editor)

– The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult

-Sent By Earth

– Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women (with Pratibha Parmar)

– We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For

– Overcoming Speechlessness

– The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering As the Whole World Awakens To Being In Harm’s Way


Poetry

– Once

– Revolutionary Petunias

– Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful

– Good Night, Willie Lee, I’ll See You In the Morning

– Her Blue Body Everything We Know, Earthling Poems

– Absolute Trust In The Goodness Of The Earth

– A Poem Travelled Down My Arm, poetry and drawings

– Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

– The World Will Follow Joy; Turning Madness Into FlowersBooks for Children

– To Hell With Dying

– Langston Hughes, American Poet

– Finding the Green Stone

– There Is A Flower At The Tip Of My Nose Smelling Me

– Why War Is Never A Good Idea


Video

– Pema Chodron and Alice Walker in Conversation (video)


Collected Interviews

– The World Has Changed; Conversations With Alice Walker, edited by Rudolph P. Byrd.


Recent Works

– New Poems, Taking The Arrow Out Of The Heart, 2018

– The World Will Follow Joy; Turning Madness Into Flowers (poems) 2013

– The Cushion In The Road; Meditation and Wandering As The Whole World Awakens To Being In Harm’s Way (essays, travels and dreams)

– The Chicken Chronicles, a Memoir,

 2011.

Famous Quotes by Alice Walker

“In nature nothing is perfect, trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways and they’re still beautiful
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Look closely at the present you are conducting, it should look like the future you are dreaming
~~~
I have learned not to worry about love, but to welcome it’s coming with all my heart
~~~
Men make war to attract attention. All killing is an expression of self-hate.
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Activism is my rent for living on the planet.
~~~
What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.
~~~
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
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Be nobody’s darling.
Be an outcast
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones.
To keep you warm.

– Alice Walker


Lesson From Her Life

Walker’s  life is a typical example of how an obstacle can become a stepping stone. But for that shot in her eye, Alice probably, couldn’t have become a writer and what she is today.

Be strong. Work hard

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