10 Facts about Alice Walker

Friday, December 26th 2014. | Authors

Facts about Alice Walker talk about the famous American activist and writer.  Her famous book is The Color Purple published in 1982.   She gains critical acclaim because of this book. Therefore, she is the winner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Awards. Find out more facts about Alice Walker by reading the following post below:

Facts about Alice Walker 1: date of birth

Alice Walker was born on 9 February 1944 with the full name Alice Malsenior Walker in Putnam County, Georgia. Her parents are Willie Lee Walker and Minnie Lou Tallulah Grant. There are eight children in the family. She is the youngest child.

Facts about Alice Walker 2: her father

Let’s talk about the job of her father.  He earned $300 from sharecropping and dairy farming in a year.  Alice stated that her father was a terrible farmer, but he was good at math.

Alice Walker Book

Alice Walker Book

Facts about Alice Walker 3: her mother

Her mother was only a maid. She did it to support the finance of the family. She only earned $17 in a week by working as a maid for 11 hours per day. The money was used to help Alice to pursue her higher education at the college.

Facts about Alice Walker 4: Jim Crow laws

Walker lived in the era when Jim Crow laws were still applied. At that time, the children of black sharecroppers were expected to work in the field at a young age. Fortunately, Alice’s parents resisted the will of the landlords. The owner of the plantation stated that the black children did not need education.

Alice Walker Writer

Alice Walker Writer

Facts about Alice Walker 5: writing

Her interest of writing developed in her mind since she was 8 years old. When she was a child, she often listened to the stories of her grandfather. In The Color Purple, the model of the character Mr was derived from her grandfather. Get Alice Sebold facts to know another woman writer.

Facts about Alice Walker 6: Melvyn Roseman Leventhal

Alice Walker and Melvyn Roseman Leventhal married on 17 March 1967. In 1968 till 1969, Alice was a writer at Jackson State College. In 1970 till 1971, she was the writer at Tougaloo College.

Alice Walker Young

Alice Walker Young

Facts about Alice Walker 7: writing poetry

When Alice was still a senior at Sarah Lawrence, she completed the first poetry book.   She also had a brief career as an editor at Ms Magazine.

Facts about Alice Walker 8: Zora Neale Hurston

Alice was very interested with Zora Neale Hurston. She looked at her works after an article about this woman published in the magazine.

Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Facts about Alice Walker 9: awards

The awards that Walker has include The LennonOno Grant for Peace, Honorary degree from the California Institute of the Arts, Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship and many more. Check out another writer in Alan Paton facts.

Facts about Alice Walker 10: collection of novels

If you are interested with the works of Walker, you have to read The Color Purple (1982), By The Light of My Father’s Smile (1998), The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart (2000), Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems (1973) and many more.

Facts about Alice Walker

Facts about Alice Walker

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