Alice Walker, author of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Color
Purple," began writing at an early age in her home in Eatonton, Ga. Born in
1944 to a sharecropper family, Walker dreamed of giving back to the southern
black community that had been so rich in love and support.
After her admission to Spelman College on full scholarship, the young writer
pushed herself into the civil rights movement, attending marches in
Washington and across the south. Her experiences as an activist and talented
writer also earned her a scholarship to Sarah Lawrence University, where
eventually completed her undergraduate work. Walker's love for travel grew
during student trips to Europe and Africa.
Best known for her graphic descriptions of southern black life, Walker's
poetry, short stories and novels reach millions today. She continues to
gain recognition as a talented, earning grants, teaching
positions and lecturing privileges. Among her influences are travel, nature,
spirituality, and her daughter and founder of Third-Wave feminism Rebecca
Check out these links dedicated to the accomplished author:
The most complete and well organized collection of Alice Walker information
on the Web, this site offers a detailed biography and links
to interviews, excerpts, essays, poetry, e-texts, bibliographies and
Lit Chat with Alice Walker
In this excerpt from a discussion between Walker and her Spelman College
professor Howard Zimm, the author and poet discusses making "The Color
into a movie with directing great Steven Spielberg, as well as her opinions
on O.J. Simpson and "Waiting to Exhale."
Roger Ebert on "The Color Purple"
Read this Chicago Sun-Times review by the infamous Roger Ebert. The PG-13
movie, starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, got four
stars in 1985. Two thumbs up!