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(February 9, 1944- ) Born Alice Malsenior Walker in Eatonton, Georgia. Graduated from Sarah Lawrence in 1966, working after college as a writer. Served as writer-in-residence at Jackson State College (1968-69) and Tougaloo (1970-71), and as lecturer in literature at Wellesley and University of Massachusetts-Boston (1972-73). Her books include Once (1968), The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970), Five Poems (1972), Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems (1973), In Love and Trouble (1973), Langston Hughes: American Poet (1973), Meridian (1976), Goodnight, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning (1979), You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (1981), The Color Purple (1982, winner of the Putlizer Prize for fiction and the American Book Award), In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983), Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful (1984), To Hell with Dying (1988), Living by the Word: Selected Writings, 1973-1987 (1988), The Temple of My Familiar (1989), Her Finding the Green Stone (1991), Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992), Warrior Marks (1993, with Pratibha Parmar), Everyday Use (1994), Everything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer's Activism (1997), The Same River Twice (1997), By the Light of My Father's Smile (1998), and The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart (2001).