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The Life and Works of Alice Walker

A poetess was born in Eatonton on February 9, 1944. She was the eighth child in the family. As a result of the accident Walker is blind in one eye. Becoming older, she began to consider her injury a patriarchal wound, drawing parallels with the physical and psychological pressure women have to endure. Walker was excellent at school, and in 1961 she received a scholarship to continue studies at Spelman College in Atlanta, where she became an activist of the civil rights struggle. In 1963, Walker transferred to the Sarah Lawrence College in New York City, which she graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts.

She made her debut in 1968 with a poetry collection called Once. Then there was a novel The Third Life of Grange Copeland. In 1973, she released her second collection of poetry Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems and the first collection of short stories In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women.

In 1976, Walker published her second novel, Meridian, which tells about the black woman, who grows up during the years of the civil rights struggle. Later the poetry collection Goodnight, Willie Lee, I’ll See You in the Morning came out, and the second book of short stories.

Walker’s novel The Color Purple consolidated her literary reputation. In 1983, the book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award. This is a love story of two black sisters, which doesn’t subside despite the many years of separation. This love story interspersed with the story of how a shy, ugly and uneducated sister discovers her inner strength thanks to the support of her girlfriend. In the novel men are portrayed as beings, who do not understand the needs and status of women. The novel tells the story of the struggle for women’s right to an identity and recognition.

Then Walker has released two books of poetry – Her Blue Body Everything We Know and Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful, novels –The Temple of my Familiar, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and By the Light of My Father’s Smile. She has also written several children’s books.

The originality of attitude of the poetess is decorated in her own concept feminism that implements multicultural heritage of African Americans with unique female point of view. The peculiarity of the Walker’s position is humanism, universalism, and recognition of the priority of human values before any ideological ones. Feminism determines the quality of the most important prose of the writer: the pathos of optimism bias, and naturalism.

In 2000, a collection of short stories by Walker was published, which was warmly greeted by critics.

A poetess was born in Eatonton on February 9, 1944. She was the eighth child in the family. As a result of the accident Walker is blind in one eye. Becoming older, she began to consider her injury a patriarchal wound, drawing parallels with the physical and psychological pressure women have to endure.

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