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Alice Walker was born on February 9th, 1944, in Eatonton,
Georgia. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, African- American
novelist, and poet, who was famously known for authoring The Color
Alice Walker was born on February 9th, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, African- American novelist, and poet, who was famously known for authoring The Color Purple. She worked as a social worker, teacher, and lecturer. She was a part of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. She is one of the most admired African- American writers working today. Being the youngest daughter of sharecroppers, she grew up poor. Her mother worked as a maid to support her eight children. At the age of 8 she was shot in the right eye with a BB pellet while playing with her brothers. A whitish scar tissue formed in her damaged eye and she became self-conscious of this visible mark. This affected her so much that she withdrew herself from the world, but she found solace in reading and writing poetry.
After college as she was working, she came out with her first collection of poetry, Once, which was published in 1968. Her story telling talent was showcased in her debut work, Third Life of Grange Copeland, in 1970. In 1973 she published a set of short stories, In Love and Trouble; the poetry collection, Revolutionary Petunias and her first childrens book, Langston Hughes: American Poet. She was also a prominent voice in the black feminist movement.
Walker has proved time and time again to be a versatile writer. In 2004, she published, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart. Two years later, in 2006, she published a collection of essays, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Light in a Time of Darkness, and the well-received picture book, There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me.