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Maya Angelou

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1928– ) Black US writer, whose status as a national icon was confirmed by her reading one of her poems, ‘On the Pulse of the Morning’, at President Clinton's inauguration in ...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

... Non-Fiction Making Magic in the World ( 1998 ) Non-Fiction Black Pearls: Poetry of Maya Angelou ( 1998 ) Poetry Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey ( 1999 ) Non-Fiction A Song Flung Up to Heaven ( 2002 ) Non-Fiction Angelina of Italy ( 2004 ) Children's Fiction Izak of Lapland ( 2004 ) Children's Fiction Mikale of Hawaii ( 2004 ) Children's Fiction Renée Marie of France ( 2004 ) Children's Fiction Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou ( 2004 ) Non-Fiction Hallelujah! the Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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..., Maya ( Maya Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou ) ( 1928–  ), African-American autobiographical writer and poet , born in St Louis, Missouri, educated at Mission High School, San Francisco. She was largely brought up in Stamps, Arkansas by her paternal grandmother and in 1940 she rejoined her mother in San Francisco. In the 1950s she moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem Writers' Guild, performed in off-Broadway productions, and sang in night-clubs. Later she became an administrator at the University of Ghana, and editor of African Review...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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343 words

...at all / It's only in my dreams,” says the bold protagonist. Typical of Angelou's approach to the very real terrors of her own young life, this short poem focuses on inner strength. Yet it is clearly written out of an urban childhood and to children whose fears in the night may be very real. Like Angelou herself, this poem, with illustrations by Jean-Michel Basquiat , faces life squarely, acknowledging its terrors and overcoming them. Janice M. Bogstad Lupton, Mary Jane . Maya Angelou: A Critical Companion . Westport, Conn., and London: Greenwood Press,...

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The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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2013

..., Maya ( 1928– ) Born in St Louis, Missouri, she grew up in Arkansas and California. She toured Europe in Porgy and Bess before moving to New York where she worked as a night-club singer and performed in Genet ’s The Blacks . After becoming involved in black struggles in the Sixties she was editor of the African Review in Ghana. She has written six books of autobiography and now holds a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake University, North Carolina. Her first collection of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of...

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

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Current Version:
2005
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...a writer. Maya Angelou's papers are located in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. Prominent Southern-born Author Talks about the South, Southerners, and the Long Road Home , Ebony (February 1982): 130–134. Lynn Z. Bloom , Maya Angelou. in Afro-American Writers after 1955: Dramatists and Prose Writers , eds. Thadious Davis and Trudier Harris (1985), pp. 3–12. Maya Angelou , Conversations with Maya Angelou , ed. Jeffrey M. Elliott (1989). Dolly A. McPherson , Order Out of Chaos: The Autobiographical Works of Maya Angelou (1990)....

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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Current Version:
2005
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2,251 words

..., Harold , ed. Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings . Philadelphia, Pa., 1998. A thorough and authoritative collection of important essays about Angelou by leading literary critics. Courtney-clarke, Margaret . Maya Angelou: The Poetry of Living . New York, 1999. An interesting book of photographs and quotations about Angelou. Elliot , Jeffrey M. , ed. Conversations with Maya Angelou . Jackson, Miss., 1989. A great set of interviews with Angelou from the 1970s and 1980s. Lupton, Mary . Singing the Black Mother: Maya Angelou and Autobiographical...

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
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167 words

..., Maya ( 1928 –), St. Louis-born author, singer, dancer, playwright, and stage and screen actress, 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 and her residence abroad in Egypt and Ghana, titled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ( 1970 ), Gather Together in My Name ( 1974 ), Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas ( 1976 ), The Heart of a Woman ( 1981 ), and All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes ( 1986 ). She has also...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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173 words

..., Maya ( 1928–2014 ) African American autobiographer and poet. 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, Gather Together in my Name ( 1974 ), Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry like Christmas ( 1976 ), The Heart of a Woman ( 1981 ), and All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes ( 1986 ), record her flamboyant career as...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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2002
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...Angelou, Maya ( 1928–2014 ), St. Louis -born author , singer , dancer , playwright , and stage and screen actress , 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, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ( 1970 ), Gather Together in My Name ( 1974 ), and Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas ( 1976 ). She has also published collections of her poems: Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ’fore I Diiie ( 1971 ), Oh Pray My Wings Are...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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Current Version:
2002
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Literature
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1,085 words

...Selwyn Cudjoe , “Maya Angelou and the Autobiographical Statement,” in Black Women Writers (1950–1980): A Critical Evaluation, ed. Mari Evans , 1984, pp. 6–24. Lynn Z. Bloom , “Maya Angelou,” in DLB, vol. 38, Afro-American Writers after 1955: Dramatists and Prose Writers, eds. Thadious M. Davis and Trudier Harris , 1985, pp. 3–12. Françoise Lionnet , “Con Artists and Storytellers: Maya Angelou's Problematic Sense of Audience,” in Autobiographical Voices: Race, Gender, Self Portraiture, 1989, pp. 130–166. Mary Jane Lupton , Maya Angelou: A Critical...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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..., Maya ( 1928–2014 ) African American autobiographer and poet , born in St Louis, Missouri . 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, Gather Together in my Name ( 1974 ), Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry like Christmas ( 1976 ), The Heart of a Woman ( 1981...

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou  

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1928– )Black US writer, whose status as a national icon was confirmed by her reading one of her poems, ‘On the Pulse of the Morning’, at President Clinton's inauguration in 1993.Born in St Louis, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

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