An excerpt from ‘In Search of The Color Purple’

To tell Celie’s epic tale, Alice Walker broke multiple taboos. The first was that of incest. When we first encounter Celie’s own private thoughts to herself, we believe, as she does, that “Pa” is her actual father and only learn much later in the novel that a White mob lynched…

Salamishah Tillet

Professor at Rutgers — Newark; Critic at The New York Times, Author of “In Search of The Color Purple”; Co-Founder of A Long Walk Home

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