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She had also begun a year relationship with Robert Allen, then an editor for the academic journal The Black Scholar. And I started to cry.

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Her eyes sparkled - I did not know then, and surely could not tell, that one of them had been blinded in a childhood accident. She has been involved in the women's movement since the late s. Celie's letters are written to God and to Celie's sister Nettie, who escaped a similar life by becoming a missionary in Africa. And the things that they do, the bad choices that they make, are not done out of meanness, out of a need to take stuff out on people. She depicts vividly the sexism, racism, and poverty that make that life often a struggle. Art as Activism Just as her experience growing up in the rural South in a sharecropping community would influence and shape her later work, so too did her experiences with activism during the civil rights movement. But unlike Meridian, Alice Walker is not paralyzed. The novel explores the life of Grange Copeland, an abusive, irresponsible sharecropper, husband and father. So the criticism that I have had from black men, especially, who don't want me to write about these things, I'm just amazed. The book became a bestseller and was subsequently adapted into a critically acclaimed movie directed by Steven Spielberg , featuring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg , as well as a Broadway musical totaling performances. Allen founded it in Rudolph P. These themes are fully developed in her novel The Temple of My Familiar They had one daughter, Rebecca, born November 17, , but the marriage ended in divorce in At the time, I was awaiting the publication of my first novel and trying to figure out how I would deal with the political nonsense that seems to always attend the appearance of even the most nonpolitical book by a black.

This made me shy and timid, and I often reacted to insults that were not intended. She suffers from an intermittent paralysis of vague origins that, by the end of the book, she has managed to pass off to a weak skunk of a man, named Truman Held, a former lover who repeatedly betrayed her in order to be with white women.

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Awards and honors[ edit ]. She later returned to writing as writer-in-residence at Jackson State University —69 and Tougaloo College — For more information on choosing credible sources for your paper, check out this blog post.

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Despite poverty, discrimination in the face of Jim Crow laws and threats from the Ku Klux Klan, the Walkers saw to it that their chidren attended school.

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Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer's Activism: Alice Walker: Books