Individual Author Record
Name: Margaret Abigail WalkerPen Name: None Genre: Non-Fiction Born: 1915 in Birmingham, Alabama Sites:
Illinois ConnectionIn 1935, Walker received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from Northwestern University. She spent her last years back in Chicago and died of breast cancer in 1998.
Biographical and Professional InformationMargaret's literature generally contained African American themes. Among her more popular works was her poem For My People, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition and her 1966 novel Jubilee, which received critical acclaim. She joined the Federal Writers' Project with Richard Wright and Gwendolyn Brooks and taught English at Jackson State University from 1946 to 1979.In 1988 she sued Alex Haley, claiming his novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family had violated on Jubilee's copyright. The case was dismissed.
- Jubilee, Bantam, 1972
- How I Wrote Jubilee: And Other Essays on Life and Literature, The Feminist Press, 1993
Titles At Your Library
ISBN: B004V6JDCA Bantam Books. 1966 Jubilee by Margaret Walker. A Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award Novel. Bantam mass-market paperback, product cod Q8171. Copyright © 1966 by Margaret Walker Alexander. This edition is the 23rd printing, 1972. xiii + 415 pages. Map. Historical Fiction.
How I Wrote Jubilee: And Other Essays on Life and Literature
ISBN: 1558610049 The Feminist Press at CUNY. 1993
In this first comprehensive collection of autobiographical and literary essays, Margaret WalkerÂ—described by Booklist as Â“one of the intellectual beacons of her generationâ€ťÂ—recounts the search for family and social history from which she wrote her carefully researched novel of the Civil War. The autobiographical essays reflect on her work and her life as an artist, an African American, and a woman, while the literary essays examine the writings of such giants as Richard Wright, W. E. B. DuBois, Phillis Wheatley, and others.