In this 2009 file photo, Alice Walker stands in front of a picture of herself from 1974 as she tours her archives at Emory University, in Atlanta.(AP/John Amis)
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Alice Walker, who turns 70 this month, is thinking about her legacy.Over the past few years, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author has donated her papers to Emory University, permitted "The Color Purple" to be released as an e-book and reached a deal with Simon & Schuster to publish excerpts from journals she has kept for decades. Walker also participated in the documentary "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth," which aired Friday night on PBS stations as part of the "American Masters" series. Interviewed recently by telephone, Walker said one reason she agreed to appear in the film was because the director, Pratibha Parmar, was a friend.As "masters" go, Walker is hardly an austere, Olympian figure.The book and film adaptation, which came out three years later, led to such harsh and prolonged protests about the portrayal of black men that Walker later wrote a book about it.Absent, but much discussed and seen in photographs, is Walker's estranged daughter, Rebecca Walker.
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