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The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficultby Alice Walker
Synopses & Reviews
The Same River Twice is an exciting collection of work based on Alice Walker's groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple. It includes the never-used screenplay Walker wrote, never-before-seen diary entries and letters, as well as new writings by the author on such topics as art, motherhood, illness, and relationships. Walker also discusses, for the first time, her work with Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Oprah Winkey, and Whoopi Goldberg on the film based on her book. As it explores the controversy surrounding the movie and the impact of loss, illness, and fame on Walker — The Same River Twice illuminates Walker as woman, healer, and artist.
About the Author
Alice Walker is a poet, essayist, short story writer and novelist whose work has been published around the world to great praise. Her novel The Color Purple brought her into the limelight, but she was by that time known for her poetry, social commentary, short stories, and for her novels Meridian and The Third Life of Grange Copeland.
The Color Purple was awarded The Pulitzer Prize and The American Book Award, and has sold nearly 5 million copies in the United States alone. It was published in 1982.
Since then, Alice Walker has written two bestselling novels, The Temple of My Familiar and Possessing the Secret of Joy. In addition, she has published two collections of essays, two collections of short stories, and five volumes of poetry. In 1993, a film about female genital mutilation, which Walker coproduced, was distributed by Women Make Movies, and its companion book, Warrior Marks, was released.
Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Alice Walker attended Spelman College and Sarah Lawrence. She has been a university teacher and has lived in Georgia, New York, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and California, where she now resides.
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