Margaret Abigail Walker
Pen Name: None
Born: 1915 in Birmingham, Alabama
Deceased: 1998 in Chicago, Illinois
In 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 Information
Margaret'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
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How I Wrote Jubilee: And Other Essays on Life and Literature
Release Date: 1993-01-01
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