Alice Walker: A Life

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 538 pages
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A full-length portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer draws on letters, journals, and interviews to discuss her birth into a family of Georgia sharecroppers, the childhood accident that left her blind in one eye and sympathetic to human suffering, her activism during the 1960s, and her literary achievements. 30,000 first printing.
 

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A wonderful biography, beautifully-written, illuminating, and rich in detail and interest, but not nearly as well-done as she herself would do it - if she were so inclined! Her journey is fascinating, and she perhaps will tell it herself someday. I hope so. Read full review

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The Color Purple gave Alice Walker her greatest acclaim (and a Pulitzer Prize), but the novel and its movie adaptation were not without controversy. Walker was attacked for portraying black men ... Read full review

Contents

Georgia the Whole Day Through
3
Babies and Stumps
9
Roots
16
Shift for Self
23
Booker T
29
I Been Cryin
33
Knights in Shining Armor
41
A Long Walk
49
Life Is the Award
283
Meridian
285
Refuge
294
Correct Relationship
301
Country People
308
An Ugly One at That
313
A Room to Move Into
326
Radically Brilliant
334

Order My Steps
56
Nobody in Atlanta
66
Forbidden Things
78
Fit for Myself to Know
85
To Have and to Hold
97
Make Yourself Useful
99
Reclaimed
108
New York
121
Live or Die
132
In a Biblical Way
139
Tulips
147
Beyond Daily Bread
155
That Alice ?
160
Nude
170
Watered with Blood
180
Conformity is not Community
185
The Children Grow in Love
199
A Kindred Lover of Beauty
206
A Kiss on Both Sides
215
Love the Questions
225
Good Night Willie Lee
239
We Are a People
245
Changes
260
How Rare We Were
267
We Were a Part of It
276
At a Double Remove
340
God Love All Them Feelings
346
The Balance Had Begun to Tilt
352
Some of Our Work
358
Through It All
362
I Try to Make Sense
370
The Glimpse of Life beyond the Words
383
Something to Lift Spirits
392
Guide and Protect
400
More Than Many Hoped
416
She Liked Everything She Saw
423
The World Is Held Together
428
They Saw the Airplane Coming
438
Its All Love
455
Chronology
465
Publications List
468
Wild Trees Press Publications List
470
Acknowledgments
471
Source Notes
475
Selected Bibliography
514
Permissions
520
Photo Credits
522
Index
525
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About the author (2004)

Evelyn C. White is editor of The Black Women's Health Book, and is a visiting scholar at Mills College in Oakland, California.

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