The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that tells the story of two sisters through their correspondence. With a new Preface by the author.
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon. A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband. In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all. The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award–nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation), and remains a wrenching—yet intensely uplifting—experience for new generations of readers. This ebook features a new introduction written by the author on the twenty-fifth anniversary of publication, and an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection. The Color Purple is the 1st book in the Color Purple Collection, which also includes The Temple of My Familiar and Possessing the Secret of Joy.
Presents the story of Celie, a poor, black woman who overcomes a life of abuse due to the support of the females in her life. This edition also offers a compilation of criticism on the characters and themes in this novel. It also features a chronology of the author's life and notes on the contributors.
An in-depth analysis of Alice Walker, her writings, and the historical time period in which they were written.
Presents a guide to reading and understanding "The Color Purple," the story of two African-American sisters told through their letters to each other; featuring an introduction to the novel and its author, historical background, a list of characters, a plot summary, and letter summaries, analyses, and study questions.
This wide-ranging study provides a historically grounded account of women's fiction in the 1960s and the 1970s, relating changes in the social structure of Britain and the United States to the literary representations of women's experience.
This compelling edition presents a collection of essays on issues about women that are depicted in Alice Walker's The Color Purple. The book examines Walker's life and influences and offers readers a series of essays for consideration on topics such as the revision of traditional gender roles and folk art as a means of survival. Readers are also offered contemporary perspectives on topics related to women's issues such as the impact of domestic violence and feminist ideology.
Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple is a tale of personal empowerment which opens with a protagonist Celie who is at the bottom of America's social caste. A poor, black, ugly and uneducated female in the America's Jim Crow South in the first half of the 20th century, she is the victim of constant rape, violence and misogynistic verbal abuse. Celie cannot conceive of an escape from her present condition, and so she learns to be passive and unemotional. ButThe Color Purple eventually demonstrates how Celie learns to fight back and how she discovers her true sexuality and her unique voice. By the end of the novel, Celie is an empowered, financially-independent entrepreneur/landowner, one who speaks her mind and realizes the desirability of black femaleness while creating a safe space for herself and those she loves. Through a journey of literary criticism, Dialogue: Alice Walker'sThe Color Purple follows Celie's transformation from victim to hero. Each scholarly essay becomes a step of the journey that paves the way for the development of self and sexual awareness, the beginnings of religious transformation and the creation of nurturing places like home and community.
Seminar paper from the year 1998 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2 (B), Ruhr-University of Bochum (English Seminar), course: Literatur III, 5 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Introduction This essay is going to deal with telling and writing as a means of liberation in the novel The Color Purple. Liberation in this context means, of course, women’s liberation. The paper comprises the analysis of the protagonist’s motivation for writing, its effects on her and the significance of different dialects. Furthermore the effects of the literary form of the letter as means of articulation will be explained and also the influence of Shug and her feminist language on Celie. Motivation for writing Already at the opening of the novel a reason for Celie’s writing is given.: You better not tell anybody but God. It’d kill your mammy.1 Celie takes this warning literally. She is frightened of her father and therefore obeys. Another motivation for Celie’s writing we get to know from one of Nettie’s letters to Celie: ...I remember one time you said your life made you feel so ashamed you couldn’t even talk about it to God, you had to write it, bad as you thought your writing was. Well, now I know what you meant.2 Celie feels guilty and ashamed, because of the alleged incest with her father. She is not allowed to tell anybody (certainly not her mother) but needs to articulate herself somehow to enable herself to cope with her situation. So Celie starts to write her letters to God, when at the age of 14 years her record of sorrow and pain begins. Celie loses her mother and later on also Nettie, her sister. From then on writing becomes even more significant, for it is also a substitute for the mother’s and sister’s missing love.3 1 Walker, Alice; The Color Purple, London, 1992. (p. 3) 2 ebenda, p. 110 3 Fifer, Elizabeth; “The Dialect And Letters of The Color Purple” in: Rainwater C., Scheick, W:J. (eds.); Contemporary American Woman Writers, Lexington, 1985. (p. 156)
Kids will learn how black art is used to share ideas, communicate feelings, and impart wisdom, and how creativity brings joy and inspiration to our lives. And, most importantly, how it isn't limited to famous or the talented-you, to can be an artist! This 35-page reproducible book is a sampling of the talent from the past and present. One of the most wonderful things you'll discover is that some of the sweetest words come from the simplest things said by people who were not necessarily professionals. And professional or amateur, black art, like the color purple, is for sharing. We are all grateful for the contributions made and the joy they have brought to our lives. A partial list from the Table of Contents includes: Oscar Peterson Michael Jackson Bill Cosby Sidney Poitier Oprah Winfrey The Achievements The Harlem Renaissance Quotes and Facts Black Writers Write About It Fan Mail