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The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. Editorial Reviews. Review. “The Color Purple is an American novel of permanent importance. Alice Walker (Author) eBook features: Highlight, take notes. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural.
Taking place mostly in rural Georgia , the story focuses on the life of African-American women in the Southern United States in the s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of — at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence. Celie is a poor, uneducated year-old girl living in the American South in the early s. She writes letters to God because her father, Alphonso, beats and rapes her constantly. Alphonso has already impregnated Celie once, a pregnancy that resulted in the birth of a boy she named Adam, but Alphonso took the baby away shortly after his birth. Celie then has a second child, a girl she names Olivia whom Alphonso also abducts. Meanwhile, Celie's ailing mother dies after cursing Celie on her deathbed.
In writing Walker was also strongly influenced by her two sisters Ruth and Molly. While Ruth escaped as soon as possible, from their home and the suppression of their verbally violent father, Molly got a scholarship, went to college and traveled independently around the world. As different as both life stories might sound, both sisters provided Walker with stories about life, that influenced the writers later works.
Leventhal a Civil Right lawyer who she married in and had her daughter Rebeca with. Walker and her husband were the first interracial married couple in Mississippi, a state that only started allowing interracial relationships from the year onwards. Before that it was illegal to be in an interracial relationship not only in Mississippi, 16 other states forbade relationships between different races up to the year However, Walker's marriage, although full of love and admiration, which can clearly be seen in her text Beloved published in her book The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart , was not meant to last.
The couple divorced in Walker was a gifted writer from the start.
She won prizes and scholarships. Her debut novel was The Third Life of Grange Copeland , poems, short stories and novels followed.
In The Color Purple, so far Walkers most successful book, was published. In it was made into a film by Steven Spielberg. A musical version, produced by Oprah Winfrey, which opened on the Broadway and also toured through America, followed.
As the greatest success, however, the book itself can be considered. It won a Pulitzer Prize and made Walker the first African American to achieve the prestige carrying price. Her private life always had a great impact on Walkers texts and thoughts.
Due to this fact it needs to be mentioned that Walker relationship with women have sometimes been ambiguous. Women seem to have dominated Walkers life so far. Besides heterosexual love ties, Walker also had female partners who she referred to as lovers.
Sociocultural Background Although slavery was prohibited by the Emancipation Proclamation of the year , Blacks were still not included in everyday life. They were hardly able to find well payed jobs or work at all.
While some had the chance to open small businesses of their own, mainly selling dry goods, others had to continuou or start working on fields.
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