Alice Walker is an American novelist, poet, and activist. She received the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for her novel ‘The Color Purple’. The book tells the story of a young black woman fighting her way through not only racist white culture but patriarchal black culture was a resounding commercial success, and the immediacy of the characters and the story struck a nerve in readers, regardless of race, age, or gender. The book became a best seller, and was subsequently made into a 1985 movie as well as a 2005 Broadway musical play. Walker wrote several other novels, including ‘The Temple of My Familiar’ and ‘Possessing The Secret of Joy’ (which featured, among other protagonists, characters or descendants of characters from ‘The Color Purple’) and has published a number of collections of short stories, poetry, and other published work.