Alice Walker Banned

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Aunt Lute Books, 1996 - Fiction - 105 pages
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Introduction by Patricia Holt

Throughout her distinguished career, Alice Walker's work has been at the center of controversies around language, censorship, truth and art. Alice Walker Banned explores just what it is that various groups have found so threatening in Walker's work, bringing together the short stories "Roselily" and "Am I Blue?," an excerpt from the novel The Color Purple, as well as testimonies, letters, and essays about attempts to censor Walker's work by the California State Board of Education. The introduction by San Francisco Chronicle Book Review editor Patricia Holt offers insightful and ironic commentary on the efforts of the Traditional Values Coalition to pressure the State Board of Education into withdrawing Walker's stories from a statewide exam, while excerpts from a Board of Education hearing offer views from across the political spectrum on these efforts to censor Walker's work.

...a fascinating, frightening book...

--Mirabella invaluable contribution to the literature of censorship...


...this book will allow a cooler, more informed discussion of an important debate.

--Library Journal

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In response to outrage from Christian conservatives, the California State Board of Education (BOE) removed in 1994 two short stories by Alice Walker from its California Learning Assessment System ... Read full review



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About the author (1996)

Alice Walker, winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for The Color Purple, has earned international recognition. She is the author of several novels, includeing Possessing the Secret of Joy, Temple of My Familiar, Meridian, The Color Purple, and The Third Life of Grange Copeland. The recipient of many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rosenthal award for fiction fromm the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

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