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Maya Angelou

(b. 1928) American novelist and poet

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Alice Walker

Alice Walker  

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(1944– )Black US novelist and poet whose writing explores racial and sexual politics as they affect African-American women.Born into a family of sharecroppers in Eatonton, Georgia, Alice Walker ...
Angelou, Maya

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Christopher Benfey

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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Born in St Louis, Missouri, she grew up in Arkansas and California. She toured Europe in Porgy and Bess before

Angelou, Maya

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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(1928–),

St. Louis-born author, singer, dancer, playwright, and stage and screen actress, long resident in California, has achieved

Angelou, Maya

Angelou, Maya   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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2005
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Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1928. Because her brother Bailey could not say

Angelou, Maya

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The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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2005
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(b. 1928), autobiographer, poet, educator, actress, dancer.

Responding to her granddaughter Maya Angelou's decision to stop talking after being

Angelou, Maya

Angelou, Maya (1928)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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2002
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A prolific author, with a successful career as a singer, actress, and dancer, Maya Angelou became one of America's most

Angelou, Maya

Angelou, Maya   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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(1928–), writer, born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. She lived with her grandmother in segregated Stamps, Arkansas,

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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2002
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long resident in California, has achieved most success with her frank and warm-hearted autobiographical accounts of her life as a young black woman in America, ...

Anne Spencer

Anne Spencer  

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(1882–1975), poet, librarian, community activist,and muse and confidante to Harlem Renaissance intellectuals and literati. Anne Spencer was born inauspiciously on a Virginia plantation. Yet the ...
Charles Gordone

Charles Gordone  

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(1926–),Cleveland-born actor, director, producer, and playwright whose plays include No Place to Be Somebody (1969, Pulitzer Prize), a dark comedy about blacks in a rundown Greenwich Village saloon, ...
E. Lynn Harris

E. Lynn Harris  

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(1955–2009), novelist.Developing a Black male homosexual canon empowered E. Lynn Harris to testify to his experiences and spark conversation on an often taboo topic. Growing up in Little Rock, ...
Eugene Redmond

Eugene Redmond  

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(b. 1937), poet, playwright, critic, editor, educator,and important figure in the 1960s black arts movement. Eugene Redmond was born 1 December 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri. Orphaned at age nine, he ...
Grandmothers

Grandmothers  

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Who is the grandmother? What does she signify—to her community and to the writer? Shaped primarily by culture, concepts vary widely. Although there is a common understanding of the grandmother ...
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  

The first volume of a multi-volume autobiography by Maya Angelou, published in 1970. The book broke ground for African-American women writers in terms of critical acclaim and large sales. It ...
Jessie Redmon Fauset

Jessie Redmon Fauset  

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(1882–1961),born in New Jersey of a long-established family of free blacks, was probably the first black woman to become a member of Phi Beta Kappa, upon her graduation from Cornell (1905). After ...
Joanne M Braxton

Joanne M Braxton  

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(b. 1950), poet and critic.A distinguished writer and teacher, Joanne M. Braxton has published important poetry and criticism while maintaining the significance of historical and communal ties.Joanne ...
Nella Larsen

Nella Larsen  

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(1891–1964),born in Chicago, daughter of a West Indies black man and a Danish mother, spent some time in Denmark as well as the U.S. She wrote a novel, Quicksand ...
Paul Lawrence Dunbar

Paul Lawrence Dunbar  

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(1872–1906),born in Dayton, Ohio, of parents who had been slaves in Kentucky, and resided in that city most of his short life, early displaying his talents as a poet. Under the auspices of the ...
Politics and Writing

Politics and Writing  

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All writing by women is political, according to Myra Jehlen, because until very recently women were not supposed to write. Indeed, the conjunction of politics with women's writing might once ...
Rosa Guy

Rosa Guy  

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(1925– ),African-American novelist, born in Trinidad; she grew up in Harlem, New York. After working in a clothing factory, she attended New York University and began writing through her involvement ...

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