Remembering a way back to my days in college (early 90's), she's a highly-revered writer/poet in English, Black Studies, Poetry, Literature, and other lib ed departments. I presume that many college (and probably some high school) students are introduced to her through the overly-liberal syllabi. Her style did not do much for me.
I agree. I remember the “Color Purple” movie, it was also tedious and boring.