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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 (1928–2014)   Quick reference

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...

Angelou, Maya

Angelou, Maya (1928–)   Reference library

Christopher Benfey

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
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...

Charman, Janet

Charman, Janet (1956–)   Reference library

Jeremy Noel-Tod

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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2013

...called ‘understated’ in their elliptical, playful notations of everyday life. Their feminist ambition, however, is openly declared in her first full volume, 2 Deaths in 1 Night (New Women’s Press, 1987 ), which presents a series of narrative ‘lectures’ on poets such as Maya * Angelou , Sylvia * Plath , and Adrienne * Rich . In 1997 Charman was Literary Fellow at the University of Auckland. During this time she wrote on Ursula * Bethell , arguing that her neglect in New Zealand literary history ‘is due to critical ambivalence regarding her lesbian...

African American Poetry

African American Poetry   Reference library

A. Rampersad and M. D. Jones

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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2017
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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...had come out in 1969 , won the National Book Award in 2000 for Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988–2000 . In 2007 , Natasha Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize for Native Guard , poems about black Union soldiers in Mississippi during the Civil War. Maya Angelou recited a poem at the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton , and Elizabeth Alexander did the same when President Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009 . Perhaps the single most significant institutional devel. in black poetry at the turn of the millennium has...

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