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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger awards Alice Walker with the Spirit of California medal, during the ceremony to induct Walker and 12 other Californians into the California Hall of Fame, at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts, in Sacramento, California, on December 6, 2006. (UPI Photo/Ken James)
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Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1983

Alice Malsenior Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an African American author and poet. She has written both fiction and essays about race and gender. She is best-known for the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple (1982) for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia, the youngest of eight children, to Willie Lee Walker and Minnie Lou Tallulah Grant. Her father, who was, in her words, "wonderful at math but a terrible farmer," earned only $300 a year from sharecropping and dairy farming. Her mother supplemented the family income by working as a maid. She worked 11 hours a day for USD $17 per week to help pay for Alice to attend college.

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