Alice Walker, New Edition (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) by Harold Bloom

By Harold Bloom

The prestige of Alice Walker as a interval author or everlasting determine in American literature is still a resource of dialogue between critics. This quantity examines Walker's Meridian and the colour pink, and incorporates a checklist of works through and concerning the writer. This sequence is edited through Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale college; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, ny college Graduate university; preeminent literary critic of our time. Titles contain particular plot summaries of the radical, extracts from scholarly serious essays at the novels, a whole bibliography of the writer's novels, and extra.

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The poem is the final blessing for Truman Held, left to hang over his sleeping-place, a kiss of words left upon his brow. Meridian is no longer cast out, alone; she has healed and re-created herself. She has left the dark night of the soul, the purgative journey. Because the novel is an assembly of incidents, fashioned in a circle, the poem must be placed at the beginning of the story, no matter where it is placed in the book. The congregation of witnesses see Meridian after her journey through the wilderness and their/ our souls “look back in wonder” at how she made it over.

Why didn’t she feel famous? She had made money . . Lots of money. Thousands upon thousands of dollars. She had seen her work accepted around the world, welcomed even, which was more than she’d ever dreamed possible for it. And yet—there remained an emptiness, no, an ache, which told her she had not achieved what she had set out to achieve. (“Fame,” YCK, 55) The theme is stale; worse, the writing itself is trite, clichéd; and frankly one wonders how anyone with so unoriginal a mind could be receiving her one hundred and eleventh major award.

Her example is the teaching message she aspired to: go ye and do likewise. ” Her fascination with mystic plains was inherited through her father, because of her father’s grandmother, Feather Mae. ” Possessing only the story of Feather Mae, Meridian goes to the Sacred Serpent and induces a vision: It was as if the walls of the earth that enclosed her rushed outward, leveling themselves at a dizzying rate, and then spinning wildly, lifting her out of her body and giving her the feeling of flying. And in this movement she saw the faces of her family, the branches of trees, the wings of birds, the corners of houses, blades of grass and petals of flowers rush toward a central point high above her and she was drawn with them, as whirling as bright, as free, as they.

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