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By Harold Bloom

The prestige of Alice Walker as a interval author or everlasting determine in American literature is still a resource of dialogue between critics. This quantity examines Walker's Meridian and the colour red, and features a checklist of works via and in regards to the writer. This sequence is edited via Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale collage; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, ny collage Graduate college; preeminent literary critic of our time. Titles comprise specified plot summaries of the radical, extracts from scholarly severe essays at the novels, a whole bibliography of the writer's novels, and extra.

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Like rocks, rivers, hills, clouds and ancient trees, Meridian belongs, as she is, to give direction, comfort. She has become another function of her name: compass point. It was Meridian who had led them to the mayor’s office, bearing in her arms the bloated figure of a five-year-old boy who had been stuck in the sewer for two days before he was raked out with a grappling hook. The child’s body was so ravaged, so grotesque, so disgusting to behold, his own mother had taken one look and refused to touch him.

Like rocks, rivers, hills, clouds and ancient trees, Meridian belongs, as she is, to give direction, comfort. She has become another function of her name: compass point. It was Meridian who had led them to the mayor’s office, bearing in her arms the bloated figure of a five-year-old boy who had been stuck in the sewer for two days before he was raked out with a grappling hook. The child’s body was so ravaged, so grotesque, so disgusting to behold, his own mother had taken one look and refused to touch him.

Throughout her life, attending church had been a punishing frustration, because she could respond only to the rhythms and melodies of the music, finding the words of the sermons and the lyrics of the songs unintelligible. Given the fact that she had learned from Miss Winter during the Black History pageant that love meant forgiveness, Meridian did not hate the churchgoers; she was (in her mind) simply not a part of the circle. Feeling herself, once again, outside of the people, she is actually, to the observing reader, thoroughly immersed in the essence of the religious experience.

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