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Alice Walker's Writing Influences



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Read below to see some of the authors Alice has read and loved!


Writers Who've Influenced Alice:
[African-American] [African] [Women] [Southern] [Russian] [Philosophers] [Poetic]



Main Influences

These are some of the writers that Alice Walker read who inspired her during her years in school. If you wish to find out a little bit more about each of the authors, click on their names to link to more detailed biographical information.

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African-American Writers Click on an author's name to find out more about them.
NAME
WHO WERE THEY?
WORKS
Arna Bontemps
Harlem Renaissance Poet
    Poems
  • "A Note of Humility"
  • "God Give Men"
Gwendolyn Brooks
Poet
"We Real Cool"
Langston Hughes
Harlem Renaissance Poet
  • "Negro Speaks of Rivers" (poem)
  • Tales of Simple(stories)
Zora Neale Hurston (novel)[MAJOR]
Harlem Renaissance Writer
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God[MAJOR] (novel)
  • Mules and Men (Collected Folklore)
Nella Larsen
Harlem Renaissance Writer
    Novels
  • Quicksand
  • Passing
Jean Toomer[MAJOR]
Writer
Cane (novel)[MAJOR]

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African WritersClick on an author's name to find out more about them
NAME WHO WERE THEY WORKS
Elechi Ahmadi
Nigerian Writer
The Concubine     
Bessie Head
South African Writer
    Novels
  • When Rain Clouds Gather
  • A Question of Power
Camara Laye
Guinean Writer
The Dark Child
Okot p'Bitek
Ugandian Poet
Lak Tar (White Teeth)
(novel)

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Women WritersClick on an author's name to find out more about them.
NAME WHO WERE THEY WORKS
Charlotte Bronte
19th Century Romantic Period Writer
Jane Eyre
Emily Bronte 19th Century Romantic Period Writer
Wuthering Heights
Kate Chopin
Author
The Awakening
Simone de Beauvoir
Existentialist Writer
The Ethics of Ambiguity
Doris Lessing
South African Writer
    Novels
  • The Black Madonna
  • Diaries of Jane Somers

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Southern Writers Click on an author's name to find out more about them.
NAME WHO WERE THEY WORKS
William Faulkner
Southern Writer
The Sound and the Fury
Flannery O'Connor
Georgia Writer; National Book Award Winner
A Good Man is Hard to Find (novel)

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Russian WritersClick on an author's name to find out more about them.
NAME WHO WERE THEY WORKS
Dostoevsky
19th Century Novelist
    Novels
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Notes From the Underground
  • The Insulted and the Injured
Gogol
Russian Playwright
The Inspector General (play)
Gorky
19th Century Socialist Writer
The Life of Klim Samgin (novel)
Tolstoy
Russian Novelist
    Novels
  • War and Peace
  • Anna Karenina
Turgenev
Novelist
  • Virgin Soil
  • Smoke

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Philosophers
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NAME WHO WERE THEY WORKS
Albert Camus
Existentialist Playwright
  • A Happy Death
  • The Stranger
Nietzsche
Prussian Philosopher
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra
  • Human, All too Human
  • Ecce Homo

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Poetic Influences
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NAME TYPE OF INFLUENCE KINDS OF WORKS
E.E. Cummings
Contemporary Poet
Tulips and Chimneys
Emily Dickinson
19th Century Poet
I Could Not Stop for Death (poem)
Robert Graves
Poet and author
  • I, Cladius (novel)
  • Claudius the God (novel)
Japanese Haiku
Unrhymed Japanese verse whose three lines contain 5,7,5 syllables respectively. (Webster definition)
no examples
Li Po (Li Bai)
Chinese Poet
no examples
Ovid
Roman Poet; Epic Writer
no examples
William Carlos Williams
Pulitzer-Prize winning poet
  • Paterson(poems)
  • The Clouds(poems)
Zen Epigrams
Concise Poetic form dealing with a thought or an event and often ending with an ingenious turn of thought. (Webster definition)
no examples

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