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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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ISBN-10: 0375507892

ISBN-13: 9780375507892

Edition: 2002

Authors: Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey

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In the first volume of an extraordinary autobiographical series, one of the most inspiring authors of our time recalls--with candor, humor, poignancy and grace--how her journey began.... From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/5/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. At the age of 16, she became not only the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco but the first woman conductor. In the mid-1950s, she toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. In 1957, she recorded her first album, Calypso Lady. In 1958, she became a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and played a queen in The Blacks, an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet. In 1960, she moved to Cairo, where she edited The Arab Observer, an English-language weekly newspaper. The following year, she went to Ghana where she was features editor of The African…    

Oprah Winfrey was born in 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. At the age of 19, Winfrey landed her first broadcasting job as a reporter for radio station WVOL in Nashville. She enrolled in Tennessee State University to study speech and performing arts in 1970, and in 1971, she was named Nashville's Miss Fire Prevention, followed by being named Miss Black Tennessee in 1972. In her sophomore year at Tennessee State University, Winfrey switched to media and became the first African-American anchor at Nashville's WTVF-TV. In 1977 she moved to Baltimore to co-anchor the six o'clock news. Once there she was recruited to co-host Baltimore's WJZ-TV's local talk show, People Are Talking. In 1984 she…    

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