I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


By (author) Maya Angelou

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 212mm x 26mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 5 March 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375507892
  • ISBN 13: 9780375507892
  • Edition: 2002
  • Edition statement: 2002nd ed.
  • Sales rank: 115,214

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Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou's debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mother's side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age--and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors ("I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare") will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. Poetic and powerful, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read. ""I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity."--James Baldwin

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Author information

Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and "The Heart of a Woman, " she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them "Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, " and "Mother." Maya Angelou died in 2014.

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Praise for I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS " I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than people one saw every day, have I found myself so moved." -James Baldwin Praise for GATHER TOGETHER IN MY NAME " Gather Together in My Name is part of a select body of literature that includes The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Claude Brown's Manchild in the Promised Land and Ernest J. Gaines' The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Maya Angelou regards the world and herself with intelligence and wit; she records the events of her life with style and grace." -William McPherson, "The Washington Post Book World" Praise for ALL GOD'S CHILDREN NEED TRAVELING SHOES " This is a superb account by a great women who has embraced a difficult destiny with rare intelligence and infectious joie de vivre." "-The Boston Globe"

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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.