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Alice Walker
Bloom, Harold.
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Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, [2002]

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xiii, 148 pages ; 24 cm.
Biography of Alice Walker / Bruce and Becky Durost Fish -- In search of Alice Walker : an overview / Heather Alumbaugh -- Alice Walker's life and work : the essays / Maria Lauret -- Color me Zora : Alice Walker's (re)writing of the speakerly text / Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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Each Volume Includes: - User's guide- Essay by Harold Bloom on "The Work in the Person"- Volume introduction by Harold Bloom- Biography of the writer and chronology of his or her life- An in-depth critical analysis of the writer, detailing style, important symbols, themes, and ideas in his or her major works- Supporting critical essays from some of the world's leading critics- A complete bibliography of the writer's works- A list of critical works about the writer and his or her work- An index of themes and ideas in the writer's work

Author Notes

Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of Humanities, Yale University, and Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, New York University Graduate School

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Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. Walker's Meridian and The Color Purple are the focus of this new title in Bloom's Major Novelists series. Bloom includes a brief biography of Walker and a plot summary of each text, but the majority of the book is an excellent selection of critical responses to the novels. Culled from a wide range of sources, they include both the straightforward and the radical, such as Gloria Steinem on storytelling style from Ms. magazine; George Stade's "Womanist Fiction and Male Characters," excerpted from Partisan Review; Barbara Christian on "The Myth of Black Motherhood"; and Bell Hooks on the "erotic metaphysic." Literature students will find much to guide them in analyzing the structure and ideologies of the novels and will be better equipped to form their own ideas of Walker's work within the greater body of literature. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-A complete research and study guide in one volume. This title includes detailed plot summaries that will be helpful to readers struggling with the books, lists of characters, and excerpts from 25 critical essays on two of Walker's novels-Meridian and The Color Purple-along with a brief biography of the writer and a thematic index. The list of critical voices ranges from Marge Piercy's praise of Walker's writing to Richard Wesley's criticism of the writer's portrayal of black men in The Color Purple to bell hooks's "The Erotic Metaphysic." However, the essays are somewhat limited in that the critics tend to address the subject matter and social concerns of Walker's works more than their artistic merit. Students doing research on one of these books will be glad to have all their work done for them and grateful for the compact package it comes in and libraries will find it chock-full of resources. Serious researchers would be better served by Bloom's Alice Walker (Chelsea, 1990), which includes full-length essays with a little meat on them.-Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Alice Walker is considered a poignant rhetorician, who has found a vast audience and become a spokesperson for African-American feminism. Her most notable works include Meridian and The Color Purple, as well as the essays In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens. This text includes an extensive biography of Walker, critical examines of her essays and "speakerly text," a list of works about the author, and more. Excerpted from Alice Walker All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.