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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker

Writer ALICE WALKER. She's best known for the novel The Color Purple, a seminal account of the life of poor, rural blacks in the south as experienced by the women. The novel revolves around letters that Celie, the principal character, addesses to God after her father has impregnated her for the second time. The Color Purple won the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and was later adapted for the screen by Steven Speilberg. Walker has written four novels, two collections of short stories (including You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down), four volumes of poetry, two collections of essay (In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens), two children's books, and a biography of Langston Hughes. Her latest novel, which Walker describes as a "romance of the last 500,000 years," is titled The Temple of My Familiar.


Other segments from the episode on May 1, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, May 1, 1989: Interview with Alice Walker; Review of the soundtrack to the film "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud;" Interview with Stephen Pyne; Review of the television show …


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