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Maya Angelou - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Maya Angelou

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Maya Angelou, poet; twentieth century American Literature and poetry
Maya Angelou   (1928 - )
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born: 1928
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
 
 
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Maya Angelou - LIFE STORIES
 
 
4/4/1928     Angelou's "Remedy of Hope"
On this day in 1928 Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, as Marguerite Johnson. Angelou said that her remarkable and varied life -- prostitute, dancer, actor, writer, activist, educator, academic -- had been made possible by a "remedy of hope" made from reading, courage, and "insouciance."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
A Song Flung Up to Heaven (vol. 6)
autobiography
 
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (vol. 5)
autobiography
 
Gather Together in My Name (vol. 2)
autobiography
 
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (vol. 1)
autobiography
 
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (vol. 3)
autobiography
 
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou
anthology, poetry
 
The Heart of a Woman (vol. 4)
autobiography
 
The Maya Angelou Poetry Collection
audio CD
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
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BBC Interviews
An interview in which Angelou talks about all art being autobiography and confession, the predicament of black Americans at the end of the 20th Century, the relationship of black Americans with Africa, and how she would like to be remembered.

"In truth, everybody writes autobiography. ... The composer tells a truth. He she confesses. Whether it's a Rossini, Rossini confesses, Mozart confesses, Ray Charles confesses, this is what it's like to be a human being, this is how we wake up early in the morning and find ourselves unloved, this is how we get through the day.... Some of us say it obliquely. Some of us say it in code. Some of us say it with pride."
Guardian Unlimited Books
Offers a concise profile and biography, an edited extract from "A Song Flung Up To Heaven" (on the death of Malcolm X), and selected poems.

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was one of the first works by an African-American woman to come to universal notice. In the last three decades she has approached ambassadorial status (writing poems for Clinton's inauguration and the UN's 50th birthday), and is adored for her ability to find hope in the most harrowing places."
Interview with Don Swaim
"Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, and The Heart of a Woman, tells how poetry cured her muteness, how she writes in the autobiographical and poetical style, and how she means 'we' when she writes 'I' in this 1987 interview with Don Swaim."
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