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Color Purple

by Alice Walker  |  Grades: 11-12  |  Lexile Level: 670

The Color Purple by Alice Walker Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans, Novel Unit

About The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize * Winner of the National Book Award

Published to unprecedented acclaim, The Color Purple established Alice Walker as a major voice in modern fiction.

This is the story of two sisters--one a missionary in Africa and the other a child wife living in the South--who sustain their loyalty to and trust in each other across time, distance, and silence.

Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic novel of American literature is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life.

Be aware that there is a lot of adult content in this novel that may require careful handling in the classroom.

Reviews

"Intense emotional impact . . . Indelibly affecting . . . Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer." -- New York Times Book Review

"Places Walker in the company of Faulkner." -- The Nation

"Superb . . . A work to stand beside literature of any time and place." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"A novel of permanent importance." -- Peter S. Prescott, Newsweek

A Biographical Note About Alice Walker

Alice Walker is an internationally celebrated writer, poet, and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children's books, and volumes of essays and poetry. She won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 1983 and the National Book Award. 

Available Teacher Guides, Lesson Plans, Novel Units, and Activities for The Color Purple by Alice Walker: