The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on female black life during the 1930s in the Southern United States, addressing the numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-1999 at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.

The 87th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 5th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  2. - 8th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  3. - 9th on The Celebrity Reading List (Gardiner Public Library)
  4. - 18th on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  5. - 18th on The Best Southern Novels of All Time (Oxford American)
  6. - 45th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  7. - 56th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
  8. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  9. - 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Barnes and Noble)
  10. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (http://www.uhlibrary.net/pdf/college_board_recommended_books.pdf)
  11. - The Great American Read (PBS)
  12. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  13. - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
  14. - National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)
  15. - The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013 (Flavor Wire)
  16. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)
  17. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  18. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)

Buy This Book

Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Possessing the Secret of Joy: A Novel Paperback 67161 $6.98 $3.93 2008
Spark Notes The Color Purple Paperback 2193109 $13.95 $0.25 2002
The Color Purple / The Temple of My Familiar Hardcover 472162 $20.65 $24.65 2011
El color púrpura (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 530653 2018
El Color Purpura/the Color Purple Paperback 1324498 $65.99
El color púrpura/The Color Purple (Spanish Edition) Paperback 951859 $10.95 2018
Alice Walker: Color Purple/Meridian/the Third Life of Grange Copeland Paperback 1808805 $507.89 $0.74 1990
The Color Purple Paperback 365723 $11.37 $5.00
The Color Purple Mass Market Paperback 854367 $3.49 $0.01 1990
The Color Purple (The Color Purple Collection) Kindle Edition 9095 $8.08 2011
The Color Purple (Harvest Book) Paperback 28496 $4.88 $0.01 2003
The Color Purple: Tenth Anniversary Editon Hardcover 319841 $5.00 $0.01 1992
The Color Purple Audio CD 1674566 $735.89 $76.58 2010
Possessing the Secret of Joy Hardcover 99965 $3.48 $0.01 1992
Possessing the Secret of Joy Mass Market Paperback 883042 $2.61 $0.01 1993
The Color Purple: A Novel (G K Hall Large Print Book Series) Hardcover 359575 $136.48 $34.91
The Color Purple Paperback 4381 $3.37 $0.01 2003
The Temple of My Familiar (The Color Purple Collection) Kindle Edition 205610 $9.99 2011
The Temple of My Familiar Paperback 106585 $1.71 $0.11 2010
The Temple of My Familiar Mass Market Paperback 828538 $8.96 $0.01 1990
The Color Purple Collection: The Color Purple, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy Kindle Edition 67516 $16.19 2012
The Temple of My Familiar Paperback 281980 $2.80 $1.74 2010
Possessing the Secret of Joy (The Color Purple Collection) Kindle Edition 1747 $1.99 2011
The Temple of My Familiar Hardcover 856965 $4.98 $0.01
The Color Purple Mass Market Paperback 39214 $2.90 $0.01 2006
The Color Purple / The Temple of My Familiar Hardcover 2687387 $52.17 $21.53 2011
By Alice Walker - El Color Purpura / the Color Purple (Spanish Edition) (1986-01-16) [Paperback] Paperback 868788 $2,141.00 $33.40 1986