The Color Purple is an episolary coming-of-age novel by Alice Walker that was first published in 1982. The novel paints a vivid, critical picture of life for a Black woman in the South in the early 20th century. Walker’s protagonist, Celie, undergoes an arduous journey of self-discovery, helping her overcome conflicts that otherwise would oppress her.


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