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Maya Angelou

Subject: Literature

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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Patsy Stoneman

The Oxford Companion to the Brontes

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Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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...Martiniquan heir to Edward and Bertha proves to be a coal-black throwback, with whom Jane experiences true passion before her early death in pregnancy. Jane Eyre has influenced a wide range of readers. In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ( 1970 ), the black American writer Maya Angelou remembers how, as a child, she saw her black friend Louise as being like Jane Eyre, despite the differences in their situations. The Zimbabwean writer Tsitsi Dangarembga also shows the Brontë novels as influential on her young heroine, Tambudzai, in Nervous Conditions (...