Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate Walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she published the novel The Color Purple, for which she won the National Book Award for hardcover fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She also wrote the novels Meridian (1976) and The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970). An avowed feminist, Walker coined the term womanist to mean “A black feminist or feminist of color” in 1983.
At age eight, Walker was shot accidentally in her right eye with a BB gun while playing with her brothers. Scar tissue grew over the blind eye.
The book was a semi-autobiography, discussing specific events in Walker’s life
A writer and feminist, Alice Walker is especially known for novels, poems, and short stories that offer great insight into African American culture and often focus on women. For the novel The Color Purple (1982), she became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.