Alice Walker

Author Extraordinaire


  • Found solace in writing
  • Walker's first book of poetry: Senior at Sarah Lawrence
  • Brief sabbatical from writing while working in Mississippi for civil rights movement
  • 1975 article "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston"
  • 1970: first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland
  • 1982: The Color Purple
  • Co-founder of Wild Tree Press, founded in 1984
  • Main themes: Black people, particularly women, and racist, sexist, and violent society

Top Issues: ACTIVISM

Personal Life

-Progressive parents

-Civil Rights rebel

-College inspiration

-Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal

-Tracy Chapman