In her highly praised fiction and her wide-ranging nonfiction, Pulitzer-winning author Alice Walker often concerns herself with various types of violence toward women. Her stories are often painful to read, but she uncovers insights about race, gender and human resilience along the way.
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Also Known As:
Alice Malsenior Walker (full name)
San Francisco, California
Date of Birth:
February 9, 1944
Place of Birth:
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1965; attended Spelman College, 1961-63
National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize for The Color Purple, 1983
|The Best Book to Read First||Engaging with a Wider World|
|The Color Purple|
Walker's most famous novel, the painful story of a black woman's life as told through her letters, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In 1985, it became the Oscar-nominated Steven Spielberg film starring Whoopi Goldberg.
|Sent by Earth: A Message from the Grandmother Spirit after the Bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon|
In this brief volume, Walker delivers a version of a speech she gave after the terrorist attacks. "I firmly believe the only punishment that works is love," writes Walker, who links the terrorist tragedy to other acts of societal violence such as genital mutilation, which she addresses in the nonfiction Warrior Marks.