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Alice Walker: A Lifeby Evelyn C. White
Born to a sharecropping family in Georgia, Alice Walker thrived in the rich culture of what she called the "agrarian peasantry" to become one of our most important and popular writers. Evelyn C. White charts Walker's childhood, marked by an incident at eight that left her blinded in her right eye and with disfiguring scar tissue and that prompted her, out of a sense of "ugliness," to probe human suffering through her poems and stories. In this compelling and skillfully researched biography, we learn of Walker's activism in the 1960s freedom movement, and her leadership in the debate on black women's art, politics, and sexuality. The Color Purple garnered Walker the Pulitzer Prize in fiction - the first awarded to a black woman writer. Drawing on papers, letters, journals, and extensive interviews with Walker, her family, friends, colleagues, and leading American cultural figures including Gloria Steinem, Quincy Jones, and Oprah Winfrey, White assesses one of the most influential writers of our time.
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Meet the Author
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.
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I chose this book to read for a biography project. Although it was very lengthy, there was great historical context of Walker's life and I felt like an expert after I finished reading. The book was very interesting, and I am glad I read it because White really explained the importance of authors like her.
This biography reads more like an autobiography, than a biography. Absolutely no critical or subjective analysis given, but a straight retelling of the 'story' of Ms. Walker´s life, as any astute reader of Ms. Walker´s essays already knows it. Author feels, in so many cases, like a 'hired hand,' which is really disappointing for I had eagerly anticipated this book. Read Ms. Walker´s essays for there is nothing new here.