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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Alice Walker

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230575882
Publication Date February 2011
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'The Color Purple', is one of America's major and most prolific writers. She is also among its most controversial. How has Walker's work developed over the last forty years? Why has it often provoked extreme reactions? Does Walker's cultural, political and spiritual activism enhance or distort her fiction? Where does she belong in the evolving tradition of African American literature?

'Alice Walker, second edition':
* examines the full range of Walker's prose writings: her novels, short stories, essays, activist writings, speeches and memoirs
* has been thoroughly revised in the light of the latest scholarship and critical developments
* brings coverage of Walker's work right up to date with a new chapter on 'Now is the Time to Open Your Heart' (2004), and discussion of her recent non-fictional writing, including 'Overcoming Speechlessness' (2010)
* traces Walker's lineage back to nineteenth-century visionary black women preachers and activists
* assesses Walkers prose oeuvre both in terms of its literary and its activist merits and shortcomings.

Ideal for students and scholars alike, this established text remains an essential guide to the work of a key US author as it explains her unique place in contemporary American letters.

MARIA LAURET is Reader in American Studies at the University of Sussex, UK, where she teaches American literature.

Foreword to the Second Edition: Alice Walker Ten Years Later
Alice Walker's Life and Work: An Introduction
The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970)
Meridian (1976)
The Color Purple (1982)
The Temple of My Familiar (1989)
Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992)
By the Light of My Father's Smile (1998) and Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart (2004)
A Writer's Activism and its Critics: An Epilogue
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'In this second edition, Lauret offers a fuller, richer, more compelling, updated text that showcases the impressive range and depth of her investigations into Walker scholarship.' - Loretta Woodard, Marygrove College, USA
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