Annotations for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


Baker & Taylor
The critically acclaimed author and poet recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums, in a special anniversary edition of her acclaimed autobiography. Reissue. 10,000 first printing.

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Baker & Taylor
The poet recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.

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Random House, Inc.
Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou's debut memoir, first published in 1969, is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mother's side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age--and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors ("I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare") will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity."--James Baldwin

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Random House, Inc.
Memoirist, novelist, poet, and dramatist, Maya Angelou is one of the best-loved writers of our time. She is widely acclaimed for her searing, inspiring writings--and she has been praised for confronting both the racial and sexual pressures on black women, and for infusing her work with a perspective on larger social and political movements, including civil rights. In the volumes of her bestselling personal story--one of the most remarkable narratives ever shared--Maya Angelou writes about the struggles and triumphs of her extraordinary life with candor, humor, poignancy, and grace. These include: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings The classic autobiography of her young years. Gather Together In My Name The coming-of-age story of her struggle for survival as a young unwed mother. Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas The saga of her show business career, her failed marriage, and her early motherhood. The Heart of a Woman The turbulent story of her emergence as a writer and a political activist. Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now Her exhilarating collection of wisdom, spirituality, and life lessons.

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