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

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Current Version:
2005
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Literature
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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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Literature
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..., 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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World Encyclopedia

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Jul 2014
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Encyclopedias
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75 words

..., Maya ( 1928 – 2014 ) US writer , editor , and entertainer . She is best known for six volumes of autobiography, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ( 1970 ). Evoking her childhood in 1930s Arkansas, it relates the rape that left Angelou mute for the next five years. The fourth volume, The Heart of a Woman , deals with her involvement in the 1960s Civil Rights movement as the Northern Coordinator for Martin Luther King ,...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
History
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727 words

...1991. Braxton, Joanne M. “A Song of Transcendence: Maya Angelou.” In her Black Women Writing Autobiography: A Tradition within a Tradition , pp. 181–201. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989. Braxton, Joanne M. “Symbolic Geography and Psychic Landscapes: A Conversation with Maya Angelou.” In Maya Angelou's “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”: A Casebook , edited by Joanne M. Braxton , pp. 3–20. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Tate, Claudia . “Maya Angelou: An Interview.” In Maya Angelou's “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”: A Casebook ,...

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Black Women in America (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
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History, Regional and National History
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...Maya Angelou’s re-creation of the autobiography enhanced the breadth and scope of the American literary canon. Bibliography Angelou, Maya . Gather Together in My Name . New York: Random House, 1974. Angelou, Maya . The Heart of a Woman . New York: Random House, 1981. Angelou, Maya . I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings . New York: Random House, 1970. Angelou, Maya . Singin’ and Swingin’ and Getting’ Merry Like Christmas . New York: Random House, 1976. Angelou, Maya . A Song Flung Up to Heaven . New York: Random House, 2002. Bloom, Harold , ed. Maya Angelou,...

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Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
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1,879 words

...“hypnotic”—she “performs, lectures, scolds, and teaches” (p. 7). Angelou is an exceptionally talented, skilled, and accessible author, speaker, and performer. [ See also Actors and Actresses ; Literature ; Roots ; and Southern Christian Leadership Conference .] Bibliography Angelou, Maya . The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou . New York: Modern Library, 2004. Includes the full texts of the six autobiographies. Angelou, Maya . The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou . New York: Random House, 1994. Thirty-eight poems from Just Give Me a...

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Social sciences, Sociology, Politics
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118 words

...Angelou, Maya ( 1928–2014 ) American writer , autobiographer , and civil rights activist . Best known for her seven-volume series of memoirs of which the first one entitled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ( 1969 ), brought her international acclaim. In it she details her early life, the sexual abuse she experienced at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend, his subsequent murder, and her resultant muteness. A survivor of many personal and political battles and traumas, her poem ‘And Still I Rise’ ( 1978 ) encapsulated Angelou’s indomitable spirit. Her...

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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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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 American Literature (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
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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 Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
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 Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
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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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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...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Literature
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122 words

...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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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
History
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266 words

..., Maya ( Marguerita Johnson ; 1928–2014 ) 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, Missouri, she adopted her brother's pet name for her, Maya, and the surname of her first husband, who was of Greek descent. Raped at eight, knifed by her father's mistress, and a mother at sixteen, she was brought up in Arkansas and California. Maya Angelou is best known for the first volume of her autobiography, I...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Literature
Length:
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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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
Length:
229 words

..., 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...

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Dictionary of African Biography

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
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1,302 words

...Journal . Angelou published another cookbook, Great Food, All Day Long: Cook Splendidly, Eat Smart , in 2010 . bibliography Braxton, Joanne M. Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Case Book . New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Lupton, Mary Jane . Maya Angelou: A Critical Companion . Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998. Lupton, Mary Jane . “ Spinning in a Whirlwind: Sexuality in Maya Angelou’s Sixth Autobiography .” MAWA Review 18(2003): 1–6. McPherson, Dolly A. Order Out of Chaos: The Autobiographical Works of Maya Angelou . New...

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Josephine Wright

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
251 words

...held the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC). Bibliography C. Tate , ed.: Black Women Writers At Work (New York, 1983) M.J. Lupton : Maya Angelou: a Critical Companion. Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers , ed. K.G. Klein (Westport, CT, 1998) T.M. Hawthorne : “Angelou, Maya,” Black Women in America , ed. D.C. Hine (New York, 2/2005) K.E. Clifton : Recent American Art Song: A Guide (Lanham, MD, 2008) Josephine...

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Literature
Length:
640 words

...Sidonie A. Smith , “The Song of a Caged Bird: Maya Angelou's Quest after Self-Acceptance”, Southern Humanities Review 7 (Fall 1973): 365–375. George E. Kent , “Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Black Autobiographical Tradition,” Kansas Quarterly 7 (Summer 1975): 72–78. Franĉoise Lionnet, “Con Artists and Storytellers: Maya Angelou's Problematic Sense of Audience,” in Autobiographical Voices: Race, Gender, Self-Portraiture, 1989, pp. 130–166. Joanne M. Braxton , ed., Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Casebook , 1999....

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