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    DescriptionMaya Angelou's seven volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover. 'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again' Maya Angelou


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    Title
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Maya Angelou
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780860685111
    ISBN 10: 086068511X
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BISAC V2.8: NON000000
    BIC subject category V2: BGLA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    LC subject heading:
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5A
    Libri: B-961
    DC22: 818.5409
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    LC classification: PS3551.N46
    Libri: B-157
    Thema V1.0: DNBL1
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Virago Press Ltd
    Publication date
    26 January 1984
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights' activist - working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King - and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, 'On the Pulse of Morning', for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world. She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013. She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.
    Review quote
    A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman -- President Barack Obama The poems and stories she wrote ... were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace -- President Bill Clinton She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace ... She will always be the rainbow in my clouds -- Oprah Winfrey She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents - used ten. And was a real original. There is no duplicate -- Toni Morrison
    Review text
    Maya Angelou is a natural writer with an inordinate sense of life and she has written an exceptional autobiographical narrative which retrieves her first sixteen years from "the general darkness just beyond the great blinkers of childhood." Her story is told in scenes, ineluctably moving scenes, from the time when she and her brother were sent by her fancy living parents to Stamps, Arkansas, and a grandmother who had the local Store. Displaced they were and "If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat." But alternating with all the pain and terror (her rape at the age of eight when in St. Louis With her mother) and humiliation (a brief spell in the kitchen of a white woman who refused to remember her name) and fear (of a lynching - and the time they buried afflicted Uncle Willie under a blanket of vegetables) as well as all the unanswered and unanswerable questions, there are affirmative memories and moments: her charming brother Bailey - her own "unshakable God"; a revival meeting in a tent; her 8th grade graduation; and at the end, when she's sixteen, the birth of a baby. Times When as she says "It seemed that the peace of a day's ending was an assurance that the covenant God made with children, Negroes and the crippled was still in effect." However charily one should apply the word, a beautiful book - an unconditionally involving memoir for our time or any time. (Kirkus Reviews)