Title Profile & Character Information

The Color Purple

Annotation
Now a Broadway musical

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Winner of the National Book Award

Published to unprecedented acclaim, The Color Purple established Alice Walker as a major voice in modern fiction. This is the story of two sisters--one a missionary in Africa and the other a child wife living in the South--who sustain their loyalty to and trust in each other across time, distance, and silence. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic novel of American literature is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life.

-Intense emotional impact . . . Indelibly affecting . . . Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer.- -- New York Times Book Review

-Places Walker in the company of Faulkner.- -- The Nation

-Superb . . . A work to stand beside literature of any time and place.- -- San Francisco Chronicle

-A novel of permanent importance.- -- Peter S. Prescott, Newsweek

Characters
NameCelie
GenderFemale
TraitsAfrican American
Abused
Poor
Uneducated
Independent

NameNettie
GenderFemale
OccupationMissionary
TraitAfrican American

GenreEpistolary
Sociological
Feminist
Southern fiction
Literary
Cinematization
Banned
Fiction
TopicsAfrican Americans
Man-woman relationships
Domestic abuse
Women's lives
Racism
Southern life
Search for a better life
Search for love
Sisters
Self-discovery