Letters to John Ferrone, 1976-1990

Emory University

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/900g7

Descriptive Summary

Creator:Walker, Alice, 1944-
Title: Letters to John Ferrone, 1976-1990
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1104
Extent:.5 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Correspondence from African American writer Alice Walker to her editor, John Ferrone, in addition to some writings and photographs.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Purchase, 2008.


[after identification of item(s)], Letters to John Ferrone, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Alice Walker (1944-), African American poet, novelist, and activist. Walker has written numerous essays, novels, and collections of poetry. Her novel The Color Purple, published in 1982, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award. John Ferrone served as Alice Walker's editor at Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich.

Scope and Content Note

The collection primarily consists of correspondence from Alice Walker to John Ferrone, in addition to copies of his correspondence to her, from 1976-1990. The correspondence pertains largely to her writings, including The Color Purple, Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful, and other short pieces. Also present in the correspondence are typescript drafts of some of these works. The photographs present in this series span the 1980s and are largely of Alice Walker herself.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type.

Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 1976-1981
1 2 1982
1 3 1983
1 4 1984
1 5 1985
1 6 1986
1 7 1987
1 8 1988
1 9 1989-1990
1 10 Purple flowers, [circa 1981]
1 11 Alice Walker, 1982
1 12 Alice Walker, 1984
1 13 Alice Walker and John Ferrone, 1985
1 14 Alice Walker, 1985
1 15 Alice Walker, 1987
1 16 Miscellaneous, 1987