25 January 2024, The Tablet

A new shade of Purple

The stage musical put on screen

A new shade of Purple

Sofia (Danielle Brooks) and Celie (Fantasia Barrino) in The Color Purple.
photo: Warner Bros Pictures, Eli Adé.


Alice Walker’s 1982 ground-breaking novel The Color Purple made her the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book has gone on to become part of the twentieth-century literary canon, taught in schools and universities. Steven Spielberg adapted it for the cinema in 1985, and in 2005 the story became a successful Broadway musical. Now, a new film version has been produced by Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones.

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