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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 ...

African American English

African American English   Quick reference

The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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...Franklin , the court records of Salem, Massachusetts, and several other sources may be found before the 1790 s—and all without any recourse to fictional sources. The wealth of material after that date is simply astonishing. Contemporary African-American writers, including Maya Angelou , Langston Hughes , Toni Morrison , Alice Walker , and Richard Wright , have provided literary versions of AAVE English that continue to have an impact on broader interpretations of English usage and American literature. Conclusion African-American varieties of English vary...

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings   Reference library

Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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...Know Why the Caged Bird Sings . A volume of memoirs ( 1970 ) by the African-American writer, singer and actress Maya Angelou ( b.1928 ). Angelou borrowed her title from a line in the poem ‘Sympathy’ by the US poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar ( 1872–1906 We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. john webster : The White Devil ( 1612 ), V.iv...