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Alice walker

Alice Walker was born on February 9th1944 in Eatonton, Georgia, as the eighth child of sharecropper parents. Alice Walker grew up in the rural South, and "Everyday Use" pays homage to her sharecropper ancestors. • She grew up in the midst of violent racism and poverty which strongly influenced her later writings. •In 1964, after her junior year at Sarah Lawrence College, she won a scholarship as an exchange student to Uganda, and in the summer of the following year she also went to Kenya. This most probably helped her to understand the African culture. •Although Dee is portrayed in a negative light in the story, Walker based both sisters on aspects of her own character. Like Maggie, she suffered an injury in childhood that left her partially disfigured and very self-conscious. Like Dee, she rose from poverty, got an education, explored her African tribal ancestry, and participated in the Civil Rights Movement. • Walker also resembles the level-headed mother, who turns a slight incident into a story, and who is able to show Maggie's hidden worth while casting a sardonic gaze on the glamorous Dee •The quilt symbolizes value in Negro-American experience (Whitsitt). Because Walker includes the fact of the Civil War gives a sense of history to the African American history. •From 1968 to 1969, Alice was a teacher of black studies at Jackson State College and during the next year at Tougaloo College. During that time, her first collection of poems,Once,was published. Next she moved to a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute and in 1972 she accepted a teaching position at Wellesley. •Stories of Black Women,her first collection of short stories, one of which was Everyday Use. It won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award in 1974 and was written over a period of five years, between 1967 and 1973, in the early phase of her writing career. Today she is still actively teaching at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
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