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(1944- ) US author best known for novels like The Color Purple (1982), exploring from a Feminist perspective the fate of being Black in America. One of the protagonists of The Temple of My Familiar (1989), an extremely long Fabulation, is immortal (see Immortality) or has suffered numerous incarnations (see Reincarnation), and the tales she tells embody a savage indictment of racism (see Race in SF) and patriarchal dominance over the centuries. Counteracting this, deep memories of a benign matriarchy also emerge, though shrouded in myth. [JC]
born Edmonton, Georgia: 9 February 1944
Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls and Graham Sleight.
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