Monthly Archives: September 2010


This first volume of poetry established Alice Walker as a poet of unusual sensitivity and power.  All of these poems were written either in East Africa, where Walker spent the summer of 1965, or during her senior year at Sarah Lawrence College.  The collection is remarkably mature and varied: the opening group of graceful, witty poems remains an enduring “snapshot” of Africa viewed… Continue reading


Alice Walker’s first novel is “graphic and authentic…moving, tender, and all too tragic…. She writes with power, sensitivity, and all-pervading humanity” Publishers Weekly

THE THIRD LIFE OF GRANGE COPELAND (1970)

Despondent over the futility of life in the South, black tenant farmer Grange Copeland leaves his wife and son in Georgia to head North.  After meeting an equally humiliating existence there, he returns to… Continue reading

Nkosinathi Biko, eternal son, with Alice

I have spent most of the early morning thinking of what I want to say to you: there is so much. First of all I want to say that I am in your country, have been drawn to your country, the beautiful South Africa, which for some years in our own struggle we referred to as Azania, because of… Continue reading

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