The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
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Table of Contents
The Color Purple: Introduction
Alice Walker Biography
Summary and Analysis
Essays and Criticism
Suggested Essay Topics
Sample Essay Outlines
Compare and Contrast
Topics for Further Study
What Do I Read Next?
Bibliography and Further Reading
The Color Purple, Alice Walker's third novel, was published in 1982. The novel brought fame and financial
success to its author. It also won her considerable praise and much criticism for its controversial themes.
The Color Purple
Many reviewers were disturbed by her portrayal of black males, which they found unduly negative. When the
novel was made into a film in 1985 by Steven Spielberg, Walker became even more successful and
controversial. While she was criticized for negative portrayal of her male characters, Walker was admired for
her powerful portraits of black women. Reviewers praised her for her use of the epistolary form, in which