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Walker, Alice 1944-

Works: 1,049 works in 4,045 publications in 25 languages and 158,411 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Biographies  Poetry  Epistolary fiction  Psychological fiction  Film adaptations  Drama  Short stories  History 
Subject Headings: African American authors 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, Commentator, Author of introduction, Performer, wpr, Contributor, htt, Collector, Speaker, Other, Dedicatee, Scenarist, Creator, Lyricist, Conceptor, Actor
Classifications: PS3573.A425, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alice Walker
The color purple : a novel by Alice Walker( Book )

383 editions published between 1982 and 2022 in 20 languages and held by 12,861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the period between the world wars, this novel tells of two sisters, their trials, and their survival
The temple of my familiar by Alice Walker( Book )

121 editions published between 1989 and 2022 in 7 languages and held by 4,885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Returning frequently to Suwelo's visits to Mr. Hal and his stories about Fanny, this tale transcends time and examines such contradictions as black vs. white, man vs. woman, sexual freedom vs. sexual slavery, past vs. present, etc
Possessing the secret of joy by Alice Walker( Book )

93 editions published between 1992 and 2021 in 6 languages and held by 4,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Possessing the Secret of Joy is the story of Tashi, a tribal African woman who lives much of her adult life in North America. As a young woman, a misguided loyalty to the customs of her people led her to voluntarily submit to the tsunga's knife and be genitally mutilated (pharoanoically circumcised). Severely traumatized by this experience, she spends the rest of her life battling madness, trying desperately through psychotherapy - she is treated by disciples of both Freud and C.G. Jung, and even by Jung himself - to regain the ability to recognize her own reality and to feel. It is only with the help of the most unlikely ally she can imagine that she begins to study the mythological "reasons" invented by her ancient ancestors for what was done to her and to millions of other women and girls over thousands of years. As her understanding grows, so does her capacity to encounter her overwhelming grief. Underneath this grief is her glowing anger. Anger propels her to act. Action brings both feeling - life, the ability to exist with awareness in the moment - and death, of which she finds she has completely lost her fear. While not a sequel to The Color Purple or The Temple of My Familiar, Possessing the Secret of Joy follows the life of a barely-glimpsed character from those books. Combining fact and fiction, communing with the spirits of the living and the dead, Alice Walker in this novel strikes with graceful power at the heart of one of the most controversial issues of our time
Meridian by Alice Walker( Book )

140 editions published between 1976 and 2021 in 8 languages and held by 3,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meridian Hill is a deserted teenage mother who volunteers to help in the local civil rights movement
Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston( Book )

16 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 3,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo's firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States. In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles from Mobile founded by Cudjo and other former slaves from his ship. Spending more than three months there, she talked in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. During those weeks, the young writer and the elderly formerly enslaved man ate peaches and watermelon that grew in the backyard and talked about Cudjo's past--memories from his childhood in Africa, the horrors of being captured and held in a barracoon for selection by American slavers, the harrowing experience of the Middle Passage packed with more than 100 other souls aboard the Clotilda, and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War. Based on those interviews, featuring Cudjo's unique vernacular, and written from Hurston's perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, Barracoon masterfully illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture."--Publisher's website
By the light of my father's smile : a novel by Alice Walker( Book )

68 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 3,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on two black sisters whose father forbids teen sex and when one engages in it gives her a hiding. The novel explores "the ways in which a woman's denied sexuality leads to the loss of the much-prized and necessary original self." By the author of The Color Purple
Now is the time to open your heart : a novel by Alice Walker( Book )

56 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A well-published, numerous-times-divorced woman leaves her lover to embark on a personal journey that begins on the Colorado River and traverses through her past and into her future, while her lover begins his own parallel voyage. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple
The third life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker( Book )

97 editions published between 1970 and 2020 in 5 languages and held by 2,694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a story of compassion and grace, a black tenant farmer in Georgia follows a harrowing destiny. Despondent over the futility of life in the South, George Copeland leaves his wife and son in Georgia to head North. After meeting an equally humiliating experience there, he returns to Georgia years later, to find his son, Brownfield, imprisoned for the murder of his wife. As the guardian of the couple's youngest daughter, George Copeland faces a third--and final--chance to free himself from spiritual and social enslavement."--
In love & trouble : stories of Black women by Alice Walker( Book )

43 editions published between 1967 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Admirers of The Color Purple will find in these stories more evidence of Walker’s power to depict black women—women who vary greatly in background yet are bound together by what they share incommon. Taken as a whole, their stories form an enlightening,disturbing view of life in the South
Her blue body everything we know : earthling poems, 1965-1990 complete by Alice Walker( Book )

47 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walker brings a woman's wisdom to bear on love, life's unavoidable tragedies, blacks' struggle for equality and justice, and a world committing eco-suicide
I love myself when I am laughing ... and then again when I am looking mean and impressive : a Zora Neale Hurston reader by Zora Neale Hurston( Book )

41 editions published between 1979 and 2020 in English and held by 2,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthology of essays, folklore and fiction by a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance
You can't keep a good woman down : stories by Alice Walker( Book )

26 editions published between 1971 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fourteen short stories by the Pulitzer Prize winning author about strong women--their struggles and joys
Hard times require furious dancing : new poems by Alice Walker( Book )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Though we have encountered our share of grief and troubles on this earth, we can still hold the line of beauty, form, and beat. No small accomplishment in a world as challenging as this one." So writes Alice Walker in this new book of poems, poems composed over the course of one year in response to joy and sorrow both personal and global: the death of loved ones, war, the deliciousness of love, environmental devastation, the sorrow of rejection, greed, poverty, and the sweetness of home. The poems embrace our connections while celebrating the joy of individuality, the power we each share to express our truest, deepest selves. Beloved for her ability to speak her own truth in ways that speak for and about countless others, she demonstrates that we are stronger than our circumstances. As she confronts personal and collective challenges, her works dance, sing, and heal
Warrior marks : female genital mutilation and the sexual blinding of women by Alice Walker( Book )

26 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 1,839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In her best-selling 1992 novel, Possessing the Secret of Joy, Alice Walker opened a painful door: she brought the issue of female genital mutilation, a practice that affects one hundred million of the world's women, to the attention of the reading public. For many readers, this first encounter with a subject previously unfamiliar to them was shocking and unforgettable. Alice Walker decided early in the process of writing her novel that she had not yet done enough to help stop this age-old practice. She resolved to make a documentary film that would further educate people about the harmful, sometimes deadly process of removing the clitoris - and often the remaining outer genitalia - as a means of maintaining tradition and ensuring a woman's "cleanliness" and fidelity. To make the film, Alice Walker teamed up with Indian-British filmmaker Pratibha Parmar, whose credits include several widely acclaimed documentaries focusing on issues of race, gender, and sexuality. This book chronicles their odyssey together. Warrior Marks describes a unique filmmaking journey, from Alice Walker's first letter to Pratibha Parmar proposing the idea of the film to the many journal entries and observations each of them made along the way. From California to England to Senegal, The Gambia, and Burkina Faso, Warrior Marks follows Walker and Parmar as they interview people who are concerned with and affected by the practice of female genital mutilation. The text includes transcripts of their interviews, three new poems by Alice Walker, and over fifty photographs offering a vivid and poignant portrayal of the people and places they visited. For its insights into the collaborative creative process, as well as its perceptions about the politics of filmmaking and the politics of feminism, Warrior Marks is an extraordinary volume. It is also the adventure of two remarkable women who together fulfilled a dream
Absolute trust in the goodness of the earth : new poems by Alice Walker( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 1,786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With profound artistry, Walker searches for, discovers, and declares the fundamental beauty of existence, as she explores what it means to live life fully, to learn from it, and to grow both as an individual and as part of a greater spiritual community"--Dustjacket
Horses make a landscape look more beautiful : poems by Alice Walker( Book )

35 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new collection of poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet Alice Walker is characterized by a variety of themes spoken in humor, anger, and love. In spare, eloquent language Walker sings, celebrates and agonizes over the ordinary vicissitudes that link and separate all of humankind. She writes of the small joys of life, the blight of racism, injustice and hunger, the need to save the earth from self-destruction, and about poetry itself. "These Days" catalogs the uniqueness of the poet's friends; "Poem at Thirty-Nine" is a tender hymn to her father. In "Family Of," Walker extends and internalizes the meaning of the American Indian term, "Wasichu," signifying greed and violence. In "My Daughter is Coming," she writes about the joys of a daughter's homecoming. "Each One, Pull One" tells of the absolute necessity for the writer to write. ISBN 0-15-142169-2 : $10.95
The world will follow joy : turning madness into flowers (new poems) by Alice Walker( Book )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here the author offers more than 60 new poems to incite and nurture contemporary activists. This collection features verse that deals with history, politics and nature, and pays tribute to Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem, and the Dalai Lama. She imbues her poetry with evocative images, fresh language, anger, forgiveness, and wisdom. By actively chronicling the conditions of human life today, she shows her compassion, spirituality, and necessary political commitments; these poems remind us of our human capacity to come together and take action, even in troubled political times, and illuminate what it means to live in our world today. -- From book jacket
The cushion in the road : meditation and wandering as the whole world awakens to being in harm's way by Alice Walker( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in English and held by 1,534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In her newest collection of wide-ranging meditations on our intertwined personal, spiritual, and political destinies, Alice Walker writes that "we are beyond a rigid category of color, sex, or spirituality if we are truly alive." For the millions of her devoted fans--and for readers of Walker's bestselling 2006 book We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For in particular--here is a new "gift of words" (Essence) that invites readers on a journey of political awakening and spiritual insight. The Cushion in the Road revisits themes the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, poet, essayist, and activist has addressed throughout her career: racism, Africa, solidarity with the Palestinian people, the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, Cuba, healthcare, and the work of Aung San Suu Kyi. In doing so, Walker explores her conflicting impulses to retreat into inner contemplation and to remain deeply engaged with the world. Through the evocative image of the meditation cushion in the road, she finds a delicate balance between these two paths and invites her readers to do so, too. Rich with humor, wisdom, and Walker's unique eye for the telling details of human experience and the natural world, The Cushion in the Road shows Walker at the height of her literary powers, reveals the depths of her spiritual and political understandings, and will surely be an inspiration for all." -- Publisher's description
Revolutionary petunias & other poems by Alice Walker( Book )

33 editions published between 1971 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These poems are about revolutionaries and lovers-about how, both in revolution and in love, loss of trust and compassion robs us of hope. They are also about (and for) those few embattled souls who remain painfully committed to beauty and to love even while facing the firing squad." Quick, direct, witty, pungent" (DeWitt Beall, Chicago Daily News)
Langston Hughes, American poet by Alice Walker( Book )

15 editions published between 1974 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated biography of the Harlem poet whose works gave voice to the joy and pain of the Black experience in America
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The color purple : a novel
The temple of my familiarPossessing the secret of joyMeridianBarracoon : the story of the last "black cargo"By the light of my father's smile : a novelNow is the time to open your heart : a novelThe third life of Grange CopelandIn love & trouble : stories of Black women
Alternative Names
Alice Malsenior Walker

Alice Malsenior Walkerová

Alice Malsenior Walkerová americká autorka a aktivistka

Alice Walker

Alice Walker America ninsala hachinima tuuntumdi so ŋun nyɛ paɣa

Alice Walker Amerikaans schrijfster

Alice Walker amerikansk poet och författare

Alice Walker amerikansk poet og skribent

Alice Walker autoare și activistă americană

Alice Walker autora i activista estatunidenca

Alice Walker écrivain américaine

Alice Walker eskritor merikano

Alice Walker Onye edemede America na onye na-akwado ya

Alice Walker Òṣèré Ọmọ Orílẹ̀-èdè America

Alice Walker pisarka amerykańska

Alice Walker scrittrice statunitense

Alice Walker US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Alice Walker US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin und politische Aktivistin

Alice Walker usona aŭtoro kaj aktivulo

Alicia Walker

Alis Voker

Leventhal, Alice Walker

Leventhal, Alice Walker 1944-

Walker, A 1944-

Walker, A. (Alice) 1944-

Walker, Alice M. 1944-

Walker, Alice Malsenior

Walker, Alice Malsenior 1944-

Walker, Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate

Walker, Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate 1944-

Walker Leventhal, Alice 1944-

Άλις Γουόκερ

Еліс Вокер

Еліс Вокер американська феміністська письменниця та соціальна активістка

Уокер А.

Уокер Элис

Уокер, Элис 1944-

Элис Уолкер

Эліс Ўокер амэрыканская пісьменьніца

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אליס ווקר

אליס ווקר סופרת אמריקאית ופעילה חברתית

וואקר, אליס 1944־

וקר, אליס, 1944-

اليس والكر

أليس والكر كاتبة أمريكية

آلیس واکر

آلیس واکر نویسنده و شاعر آمریکایی

ایلس واکر

एलिस वाकर

অ্যালিস ওয়াকার

ਅਲਾਇਸ ਵਾਕਰ

ஆலிஸ் வாக்கர்

ஆலிஸ் வாக்கர் அமெரிக்க எழுத்தாளர் மற்றும் செயற்பாட்டாளர்

ಆಲಿಸ್ ವಾಕರ್

ആലിസ് വോക്കർ

ალისა უოკერი

앨리스 워커

앨리스, 워커 1944-


アリスウォーカー 1944-

ウォーカー, A.

ウォーカー, アリス