Name That Author!: Episode 4

Welcome to  Name That Author!, a Name That Tune-style author-guessing game.

We start by giving you one clue, then one additional clue per hour through the afternoon. The first person to guess the author correctly wins a book of our choosing, and all other correct guessers will be entered into a drawing at the end of each month.

You can submit your guess using the form below after any clue, but if you’re wrong, you’re out for the week. So you’ve got to pick your spot. Too early and you might be wrong; wait until you’re sure, and you might get scooped.

**Be warned: if you Tweet your guess or leave a comment with your guess, you’re not only disqualified for this week, but for the rest of the month.**

Here we go:

1. I wrote novels, but they are not my most famous work.

2. An appearance I made while promoting by autobiography was picketed by a group of evangelical Christians because of a poem I had written eight years prior.

3. My grandmother’s first husband was killed at Harper’s Ferry with John Brown’s men.

4. I wrote poetry, novels, short stories, essays, plays, operas, musicals, children’s books, songs, and biography.

5. I testified before the House Un-American Committee and was exonerated, though I didn’t name any names. In the same year, I wrote an editorial defending Walt Whitman from charges of racism.

6. Alice Walker’s first published story appeared in an anthology I edited.

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