Our Living Literary Treasures

January 16, 2011  |  

1) Alice Walker:-Novelist, poet, essayist, womanist revolutionary

Best known for: “The Color Purple,” “You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down,”  “The Temple of My Familiar”

Why we love her: One of the pioneers of the womanist movement, Walker’s “The Color Purple” is one of the most popular novels by any contemporary American author. The brutally tender story, which has been both a successful film and Broadway show, depicts the power of sister-love and has touched generations of readers.

Notable quotable: “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

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