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What has Alice Walker written?
The Color Purple
|The Color Purple
|Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1983 National Book Award 1983
|Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal (married 1967, divorced 1976)
What is Alice Walker best known for?
A writer and feminist, Alice Walker is especially known for novels, poems, and short stories that offer great insight into African American culture and often focus on women. For the novel The Color Purple (1982), she became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Did William Blake write for children?
William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience look superficially like traditional 18-century verse for children. But, in fact, the poems challenge and overturn many of the ideas and conventions contained in children’s literature, exploring complex ideas about childhood, morality and religion.
What inspired Alice Walker to write?
In addition to her deep admiration for Hurston, Walker’s literary influences include Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer, Black Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks, South African novelist Bessie Head, and white Georgia writer Flannery O’Connor.
How is porphyria killed?
In the poem, a man strangles his lover – Porphyria – with her hair; “… and all her hair / In one long yellow string I wound / Three times her little throat around, / And strangled her.” Porphyria’s lover then talks of the corpse’s blue eyes, golden hair, and describes the feeling of perfect happiness the murder gives …
What is the central idea of the poem?
A poem’s core concept is the subject of the poem, or ‘what it’s about’ if you like. While many shy away from poetry being ‘about’ something, at the end of the day, as it was written, the poet had something in mind, and that something, whatever it was or may have been, is the central concept.
Why was the book The Color Purple banned?
In 1984, the book was challenged in a high school honors class in Oakland, California due to the work’s “sexual and social explicitness” and its “troubling ideas about race relations, man’s relationship to God, African history, and human sexuality.” Though it remains unclear what “social explicitness” actually means.