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Feminist scholar Salamishah Tillet examines 'Color Purple' legacy

Feminist scholar Salamishah Tillet examines 'Color Purple' legacy
With Dec. 18th marking the 35th anniversary of the critically acclaimed film adaption of Alice Walker’s landmark novel The Color Purple arriving in movie theaters, an in-depth literary examination of its enduring legacy will be released next month.

The Henry Rutgers Professor of African American and African Studies Salamishah Tillet at Newark Express and her book "In Search of The Color Purple." (Nick Romanenko and Abrams) Walker made history in 1983 when she became the first Black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for “The Color Purple,” which depicted rural Georgia during the early 1900s and revolved around a woman whose search for fulfillment in a world closed to her becomes a triumph of pain eclipsed by joy.Whoopi Goldberg reads a Bible in a scene from the film 'The Color Purple', 1985.From left are Alice Walker, author of the book, "The Color Purple," Scott Sanders, producer of the film, Oprah Winfrey and LaChanze (Jemal Countess/WireImage) In 2015, John Doyle’s pared-down revival of the musical opened on The Great White Way after premiering in London.

“I realized that in the process of writing this book, I’d come across two kinds of people who are especially drawn to ‘The Color Purple’: the first, casual readers of the book or fans of the movie who affectionately remember their first encounter with Celie’s story; and the second, like Quincy and Oprah, Scott and me, people who came across the book at such vulnerable points in their lives that the book became a talisman, with every subsequent return to it a way of marking time and healing wounds,” Tillet writes.With Friday marking the 35th anniversary of the critically acclaimed film adaptation of Alice Walker’s landmark novel “The Color Purple” arriving in movie theaters, an in-depth literary examination of its enduring legacy will be released next month.

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