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Angelou, Maya (1928–2014) African American autobiographer and poet, born in St Louis, Missouri. 

The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

Rooted in a rich folk tradition of rural black culture, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970), the most famous of her five volumes of autobiography, charts her harrowing childhood in Arkansas, her segregated education in Southern schools, and the beginning of her enduring relationship with literature. The other volumes, ... ...

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