Marita Bonner Biography | Author of The Purple Flower

Marita Bonner
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Manta Bonner was born on June 16, 1899, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her mother, Mary Anne Bonner (maiden name Noel), was a homemaker, and her father, Joseph Andrew Bonner, was a machinist. She had three siblings: Bemice, Joseph, and Andrew (who wed in childhood). Bonner attended Brookline High School and enrolled in Radcliffe College in 1918, where she majored in English and comparative literature. Because African-American students were not allowed to reside on campus, Bonner lived at home during her years at Radcliffe. She began teaching at Cambridge High School while still in college and continued to teach after graduating in 1922. Bonner taught English at Bluefield Colored Institute in Bluefield, Virginia, from 1922 to 1924, and at Armstrong High School m Washington, D.C., from 1925 to 1930.

Bonner's Writing career began in 1925 With the publication of her short story "The Hands-A Story" in Opportunity magazine. Her essay "On Being Young-a Woman-and Colored" was published in...

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