Alice Walker (b. 1944)
Major Themes, Historical Perspectives, and Personal Issues
1. The bemused black women for whom a creative, witty, and compassionate
union with the universe is as natural as breathing.
2. The volcanic forces that go into the creative life and work of a
heroine like the narrator. See her account of her encounter with Bessie
3. The theft of black music by white musicians who do not understand
what they are performing.
Significant Form, Style, or Artistic Conventions
The narrative voice in this story is deceptively informal and uneducated.
Gracie Mae Still is in fact extremely subtle and sophisticated. The reader
must put aside assumptions about her speech and learn from her on her own
"Alice Walker Reads 'nineteen fifty-five' " and an "Interview
with Alice Walker" in which she discusses the story are tapes available
from The American Audio Prose Library, P.O. Box 842, Columbia, MO 65205.