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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 ...

Angelou, Maya

Angelou, Maya (1928– )   Reference library

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...

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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...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 is a powerful and often painful evocation of Angelou's childhood in the 1930s and 1940s, mostly in the black community of the US Deep South. As the book opens, the author—then Marguerite Johnson , lonely, shy, self-conscious—and her older brother Bailey, aged three and four respectively, offspring of a failed marriage, travel from...

Fauset, Jessie R.

Fauset, Jessie R. (1882–1961)   Reference library

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...the other unhappily ‘passing for white’ in Greenwich Village; The Chinaberry Tree ( 1931 ); and Comedy: American Style ( 1934 ). She was a pioneer in exposing the experience of African-American women, thereby anticipating such prominent later writers as Alice Walker and Maya Angelou...

Paris Review, The

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...regular interviews with leading authors: E. M. Forster , Robert Frost , T. S. Eliot , Ezra Pound , Boris Pasternak , Robert Lowell , and Marianne Moore were among the the subjects in its earlier years; more recently, interviews with Doris Lessing , William Trevor , Maya Angelou , and Tom Stoppard have appeared. Graphic artists whose work has been published include Marc Chagall , Pablo Picasso , Willem de Kooning , and Raoul Duffy...

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 ...

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