The Color Purple: Further reading and resources

Helpful overviews & study material

  • Alice Walker - The Color Purple (Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism), Dr Rachel Lister, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
  • Alice Walker's The Color Purple (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations), ed. Prof. Harold Bloom, New edition 2008
  • A Study Guide for Alice Walker's The Color Purple (Novels for Students) by The Gale Group
  • Studies in Alice Walker's 'The Color Purple', Shymasree Basu, Booksway, 2014

Cultural links

There are a number of other helpful texts dealing with African-American issues pertinent to The Color Purple:

  • Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved is an influential magical realism slave narrative
  • Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair deals with the Civil Rights movement and growing up as an African-American girl in 1960s Chicago
  • Maya Angelou’s autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings makes an interesting true life comparison to Celie’s experiences
  • For a masculine view of the African-American identity, read Alex Hayley’s Roots, which recounts Hayley’s successful quest to trace his family roots back to Africa
  • The Huffington Post list of ‘books every African-American should read’ can be found here:

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