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There are many different types of authors in the world of literature authors of horror romance suspense and the type that Alice Walker writes Alice Walker writes through her feelings and the morals she has grown with she writes about the black womans struggle for spiritual wholeness and sexual political and racial equality Although most critics categorize her writings as feminist Walker describes herself as a womanist she defines this as a woman who loves other womanAppreciates and prefers woman culture womans emotional flexibility and womans strength Loves the spirit Loves herself Regardless Walkers thoughts and feelings show through in her writing of poetry and novelsMuch of Walkers fiction is informed by her Southern background She was born in Eatonton Georgia a rural town where most blacks worked as tenant farmers At the age eight she was blinded in the right eye when an older brother accidentally shot her with a BB gun after which she fell into somewhat of a depression She secluded herself from the other children and as she explained I no longer felt like the little girl I was I felt old and because I felt I was unpleasant to look at filled with shame I retreated into solitude and read stories and began to write poems In 1961 Walker won a scholarship to Spelman College in Atlanta where she became involved in the civil rights movement and participated in sit-ins at local business establishments She transferred to Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville New York graduating from there in 1965 She met her future husband Melvyn Leventhal a Jewish civil rights attorney in Mississippi where she was an activist and teacher In 1967 Walker and Leventhal married becoming the first legally married interracial couple to reside in Jackson the state capital they had one child together one year after they got married named Rebecca They divorced in 1976 Since then Walker has focused more on her writing and has
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