I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

ISBN-10: 0553279378
ISBN-13: 9780553279375
Edition: 1969
Authors: Maya Angelou
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Description: A phenomenal #1 bestseller that has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three years, this memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s.  Filled with images and recollections that point to  More...

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Book details

List price: $6.99
Copyright year: 1969
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/1/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

A phenomenal #1 bestseller that has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three years, this memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s.  Filled with images and recollections that point to the dignity and courage of black men and women, Angelou paints a sometimes disquieting, but always affecting picture of the people--and the times--that touched her life.

Maya Angelou 1928 - Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. She attended public school in Stamps, Arkansas and San Francisco, California. She is perhaps best known for her semi-autobiographical work "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", and for the tireless effort she puts forth to make the world aware. In her youth, Angelou traveled the world, eventually marrying a South African freedom fighter and settling in Cairo, where she edited The Arab Observer, the only English language weekly newspaper in the Middle East. They later moved to Ghana where she was Features Editor of The African Review and taught at the University of Ghana. In the 60's, Dr, Martin Luther King requested that Angelou return to the US to become the northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She was later appointed to the Bicentennial Commission by President Ford and to the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year by President Carter. "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die" was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1971. Ten years later, in 1981, Angelou was appointed to the lifetime position of Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. Angelou became only the second poet in United States history to write and recite an original poem at a Presidential Inauguration; in 1993 she read "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Clinton's Inauguration Ceremony. In 1995, Angelou received an amazing amount of honors. Her semi-autobiographical tale, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", which was originally published in 1970, became the longest running nonfiction best seller by an African American on the New York Times Bestsellers List. That same year, "A Brave and Startling Truth" was recited at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the United Nations, and "From a Black Woman to a Black Man" was recited at the Million Man March in Washington D. C.. Angelou is best known, however, for the five books of her autobiography, beginning with "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (1970), which she adapted for television, through "All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes" (1986). Angelou's collection of essays entitled "Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now" was published in 1993. She has assumed the roles of poet, educator, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil rights activist, producer and director. Angelou had also appeared in the movie "Roots" and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1977 for her role in the movie. She also had a role in the movie, "How to Make an American Quilt" and wrote and produced "Afro-Americans in the Arts", a PBS special for which she received a Golden Eagle Award. She is the author of 11 best selling books.

Editor's Note
Introduction
The Song of a Caged Bird: Maya Angelou's Quest After Self-Acceptance
Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Black Autobiographical Tradition
Role-Playing as Art in Maya Angelou's """"Caged Bird""""
Death as a Metaphor of Self in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The Daughter's Seduction: Sexual Violence and Literary History
Call and Response: Intertextuality in Two Autobiographical Works by Richard Wright and Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Paths to Escape
A Song of Transcendence: Maya Angelou
Con Artists and Storytellers: Maya Angelou's Problematic Sense of Audience
Someplace to Be a Black Girl
Reembodying the Self: Representations of Rape in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou is Three Writers: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Learning to Live: When the Bird Breaks from the Cage
Chronology
Contributors
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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