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The Color Purple
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The Color Purple Hardcover - 1982

by Walker, Alice


About this book

The Color Purple is an acclaimed epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker. Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, this collection of letters weaves an intricate mosaic of women joined by their love for each other, the men who abuse them, and the children they care for. In this, The Color Purple focuses on black female life in the American South during the 1930s, addressing the numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture.

The novel received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. Because of the explicit content, particularly in terms of violence, The Color Purple has been a frequent target of censors, appearing on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-1999.

From the publisher

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Alice Walker's iconic modern classic, now in a beautiful 40th anniversary Penguin Vitae edition with a foreword by Kiese Laymon A Penguin Classic Hardcover A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance and silence. Through a series of letters spanning twenty years, first from Celie to God, then the sisters to each other despite the unknown, the novel draws readers into its rich and memorable portrayals of Celie, Nettie, Shug Avery and Sofia and their experience. The Color Purple broke the silence around domestic and sexual abuse, narrating the lives of women through their pain and struggle, companionship and growth, resilience and bravery. Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, Alice Walker's epic carries readers on a spirit-affirming journey toward redemption and love.

First Edition Identification

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich first published The Color Purple in New York in 1982. First editions state “First Edition” on the copyright page along with “BCDE,” the publisher’s code.

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  • Title The Color Purple
  • Author Walker, Alice
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition
  • Pages 245
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York
  • Date 1982
  • ISBN 9780151191536

About the author

Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. Her other novels include By the Light of My Father's Smile and Possessing the Secret of Joy. She is also the author of three collections of short stories, three collections of essays, seven volumes of poetry, and several children's books. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker now lives in Northern California.
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San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. Later printing. Hardcover. Very good/Good. L. A. Hyder (Author photograph). Format is approximately 5.75 inches by 8.5 inches. 245, [3] pages. DJ is in a plastic sleeve, and has some wear and soiling. Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she became the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which she was awarded for her novel The Color Purple. Over the span of her career, Walker has published seventeen novels and short story collections, twelve non-fiction works, and collections of essays and poetry. Walker wrote the poems that would culminate in her first book of poetry, entitled Once, while she was a student in East Africa and during her senior year at college. Walker would slip her poetry under the office door of Muriel Rukeyser, when she was a student at Sarah Lawrence. Rukeyser then showed the poems to her literary… Read More
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