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"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart." -- Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou (; born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928) is an American autobiographer and poet who has been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her first seventeen years. It brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie.

Angelou was a member of the Harlem Writers Guild in the late 1950s, was active in the Civil Rights movement, and served as Northern Coordinator of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Since 1991, she has taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she holds the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. Since the 1990s she has made around eighty appearances a year on the lecture circuit. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961. In 1995, she was recognized for having the longest-running record (two years) on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List.

With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou was heralded as a new kind of memoirist, one of the first African American women who was able to publicly discuss her personal life. She is highly respected as a spokesperson for Black people and women. Angelou's work is often characterized as autobiographical fiction. She has, however, made a deliberate attempt to challenge the common structure of the autobiography by critiquing, changing, and expanding the genre. Her books, centered on themes such as identity, family, and racism, are often used as set texts in schools and universities internationally. Some of her more controversial work has been challenged or banned in US schools and libraries.

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Total Books: 280
Yo s por qu canta el pjaro enjaulado
2016 - Yo S Por Qu Canta El Pjaro Enjaulado [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9788416213665
ISBN-10: 8416213666
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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The Complete Poetry
2015 - The Complete Poetry (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780812997873
ISBN-10: 0812997875
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1

Rainbow in the Cloud The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou
His Day Is Done A Nelson Mandela Tribute
2014 - His Day Is Done a Nelson Mandela Tribute (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780812997019
ISBN-10: 0812997018
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction
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Mom  Me  Mom
2013 - Mom Me Mom (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780449808221
ISBN-10: 044980822X
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2

Letter to My Daughter
2012 - Letter to My Daughter (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781844086115
ISBN-10: 1844086119
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Love's Exquisite Freedom
2011 - Love's Exquisite Freedom (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781599621036
ISBN-10: 1599621037
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction
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Great Food All Day Long Cook Splendidly Eat Smart
2010 - Great Food All Day Long Cook Splendidly Eat Smart (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781400068449
ISBN-10: 1400068444
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
 2

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
2009 - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780345514400
ISBN-10: 0345514408
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Gather Together in My Name
2009 - Gather Together in My Name (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780812980301
ISBN-10: 0812980301
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas
2009 - Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812980318
ISBN-10: 081298031X
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 5

The Heart of a Woman
2009 - The Heart of a Woman (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780812980325
ISBN-10: 0812980328
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
 9

Complete Collected Poems
2008 - Complete Collected Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781844082230
ISBN-10: 1844082237
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Amazing Peace A Christmas Poem
2008 - Amazing Peace a Christmas Poem (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780375841507
ISBN-10: 0375841504
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

And Still I Rise
2008 - And Still I Rise (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781844084999
ISBN-10: 184408499X
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All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes
2008 - All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781844085057
ISBN-10: 1844085058
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 2

A Song Flung Up to Heaven
2008 - A Song Flung Up to Heaven (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781844085064
ISBN-10: 1844085066
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Singin' and Swingin' and Getting' Merry Like Christmas
2008 - Singin' and Swingin' and Getting' Merry Like Christmas (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781844085033
ISBN-10: 1844085031
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Multiple Critical Perspectives
2008 - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Multiple Critical Perspectives (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781603891608
ISBN-10: 1603891609
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Racism in Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
2007 - Racism in Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings [Social Issues in Literature] (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780737739015
ISBN-10: 0737739010
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Teen & Young Adult
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Hallelujah The Welcome Table A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes
2004 - Maya's World Izak of Lapland [PicturebackR] (Paperback)Hardcover
2003 - Maya Angelou [Voices of Poetry] (Hardcover)Paperback, Audio Cassette
1999 - Great African Americans in Literature [Outstanding African American] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
1997 - The Heart of a Woman [Autobiography, Vol 4] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
1997 - The Heart of a Woman [Audio Cassette - Abridged] (Audio Cassette)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
1996 - Quartet of Stories [New Longman Literature] (Paperback)
1996 - Poems (Paperback)Paperback
1996 - Mother (Paperback)Hardcover
1995 - Phenomenal Woman Poems Celebrating Women [Audio Cassette - Abridged] (Audio Cassette)Hardcover
1994 - Quartet of Poems [Modern Women Writers] (Paperback)
1989 - Selected From I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and the Heart of a Woman [Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition - Writers' Voices Series] (Other)Paperback
Conversations with Maya Angelou [Literary conversations series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
Graduation [Tale Blazers] (Paperback)
Je Sais Pourquoi Chante L'oiseau En Cage [Domaine tranger // 10/18, # 2245] (Paperback)