The Life of Alice Walker
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From the Paper:"When Alice Malsenior Walker was born the youngest of eight children of sharecroppers Minnie Tallulah Grant and Willie Lee Walker in Eatonton, Georgia on February 9, 1944, no one could have predicted that one day she would be a best-selling Pulitzer prize-winning author who tackled such controversial subjects as female genital mutilation, wife beating, and child abuse. This paper will explore the life of this often misunderstood African American writer.
"Walker describes herself as a quiet, sensitive child who loved to read and write at an early age. She says that her mother told her she used to find her hidden in a corner in the house scribbling with a twig in the Sears Roebuck catalog:
"That either means that I came into this lifetime already writing and thinking about things that I had written before I got here, or that in some way I was a neglected child because my parents always had to work, so I had to make my own diversions. I think I must have gone about it in a very contained way, because I didn't want to be underfoot (Sanoff). Because she was afraid her words would be destroyed by her older brothers if found, she composed stories in her head and didn't transfer them to paper until they were almost completed in her mind (Whitaker).
"Walker's life was fraught with tragedy from the start. When she was just eight years old, one of her brothers accidentally shot her in the eye with a bb gun, causing her to lose sight in that eye and disfiguring her for six years until the cataract was removed when she was 14. Walker never regained sight in that eye, however (Whitaker)."
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