9 February 1944
AW was born in a "tiny sharecropper's shack"
in the hamlet of Wards Chapel
. She was the youngest of eight children, with two elder sisters and five elder brothers.
9 February 1959
On her fifteenth birthday AW dedicated a scrapbook of mementoes, including her own poems and stories, to "those who have inspired me most": her mother
, sister Ruth
, an uncle and several teachers.
By April 1982
AW scored an immense success with her best-selling epistolary novel The Color Purple
. It takes the form of letters from its protagonist, Celie, first to God and later to her sister Nettie.