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Maya Angelou (1928–2014)

Autor(a) de I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

115+ Works 34,341 Membros 516 Críticas 118 Favorited

About the Author

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. At the age of 16, she became not only the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco but the first woman conductor. In the mid-1950s, she toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. In mostrar mais 1957, she recorded her first album, Calypso Lady. In 1958, she became a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and played a queen in The Blacks, an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet. In 1960, she moved to Cairo, where she edited The Arab Observer, an English-language weekly newspaper. The following year, she went to Ghana where she was features editor of The African Review and taught music and drama at the University of Ghana. In 1964, she moved back to the U.S. to become a civil rights activist by helping Malcolm X build his new coalition, the Organization of African American Unity, and became the northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Even though she never went to college, she taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. In 1993, she became only the second poet in United States history to write and recite an original poem at a Presidential Inauguration when she read On the Pulse of Morning at President Bill Clinton's Inauguration Ceremony. She wrote numerous books during her lifetime including: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and Mom and Me and Mom. In 2011, President Barack Obama gave her the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, for her collected works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She appeared in the movie Roots and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1977 for her role in the movie. She also played a part in the movie, How to Make an American Quilt and wrote and produced Afro-Americans in the Arts, a PBS special for which she received a Golden Eagle Award. She was a three-time Grammy winner. She died on May 28, 2014 at the age of 86. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) 14,640 exemplares
The Heart of a Woman (1981) 2,465 exemplares
Gather Together in My Name (1974) 1,486 exemplares
Letter to My Daughter (2008) 1,192 exemplares
Maya Angelou: Poems (1986) 1,023 exemplares
Even the Stars Look Lonesome (1997) 763 exemplares
Mom & Me & Mom (2013) 650 exemplares
A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002) 637 exemplares
Life Doesn't Frighten Me (1993) 535 exemplares
And Still I Rise (1978) 522 exemplares
On the Pulse of Morning (1993) 448 exemplares
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem (2005) 413 exemplares
I Shall Not Be Moved (1990) — Autor — 335 exemplares
The Poetry of Maya Angelou (1990) 138 exemplares
Kofi and His Magic (1996) 108 exemplares
Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me (2006) 92 exemplares
Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987) 80 exemplares
A Brave and Startling Truth (1995) 68 exemplares
Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? (1983) 61 exemplares
Love's Exquisite Freedom (1900) 15 exemplares
Maya Angelou Poetry Collection (1999) 12 exemplares
Our Grandmothers 6 exemplares
Down in the Delta (1999) 5 exemplares
Maya Angelou 5 exemplares
Phänomenale Frauen (2020) 4 exemplares
Lady B (2014) 3 exemplares
Encontraos en mi nombre (2000) 2 exemplares
La vie ne me fait pas peur (2018) 2 exemplares
Et pourtant je m'élève (2022) 2 exemplares
Graduation (Tale Blazers) (1989) 2 exemplares
KADIN KALBİ 2 exemplares
The aristocrat 2 exemplares
They Came to Stay 1 exemplar
Maya Angelou 4C box set (2002) 1 exemplar
The Runaway 1 exemplar
En toch heradem ik 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography (1942) — Introdução — 1,352 exemplares
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Contribuidor — 773 exemplares
Not Without Laughter (1930) — Introdução, algumas edições636 exemplares
Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study (1992) — Contribuidor — 511 exemplares
Written by Herself, Volume I: Autobiographies of American Women (1992) — Contribuidor — 426 exemplares
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contribuidor — 408 exemplares
God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1900) — Introdução, algumas edições381 exemplares
I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America (1989) — Prefácio — 372 exemplares
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Contribuidor — 369 exemplares
High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America (2011) — Prefácio — 292 exemplares
Soul Looks Back in Wonder (1993) — Contribuidor — 204 exemplares
The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature (1999) — Contribuidor — 174 exemplares
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Contribuidor — 169 exemplares
Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats (2000) — Prefácio — 163 exemplares
Black Women Writers at Work (1983) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
All the Colors of the Race (1982) — Narrador, algumas edições119 exemplares
A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (2007) — Contribuidor — 105 exemplares
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
Roots [1977 TV miniseries] (1977) — Actor — 95 exemplares
Who Do You Think You Are?: Stories of Friends and Enemies (1993) — Contribuidor — 94 exemplares
Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement (2001) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry (2020) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters (1991) — Prefácio — 87 exemplares
Read and Rise (2006) — Prefácio — 86 exemplares
The Virago Book of Wicked Verse (1992) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
Mary Ellen Mark: An American Odyssey 1963-1999 (1999) — Contribuidor — 80 exemplares
Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation (1984) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor (1657) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Best Food Writing 2000 (2000) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
African Canvas: The Art of West African Women (1990) — Prefácio, algumas edições58 exemplares
A Virago Keepsake to Celebrate Twenty Years of Publishing (1993) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
Facing Evil: Light at the Core of Darkness (1988) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry (1994) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
In My Mother's Kitchen: 25 Writers on Love, Cooking, and Family (2006) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Women: A World Report (1985) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Hot and Cool: Jazz Short Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Virago Is 40 (2013) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
African American Lives [2006 TV episode] (2004) — Narrador — 29 exemplares
Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women (1983) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Go Girl! The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure (1997) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Elmo Saves Christmas [1996 film] (2009) — Actor — 19 exemplares
Keeping The Faith: African American Sermons Of Liberation (2002) — Introdução — 18 exemplares
Bittersweet (1998) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Harlem: Voices from the Soul of Black America (1970) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Bright Poems for Dark Days: An Anthology for Hope (2021) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
America Beyond the Color Line [2002 TV series] (2003) — Narrador — 8 exemplares
Shall We Dance? (2008) — Prefácio — 7 exemplares
Discovering the Other America: Radical Voices from the 1980s (2012) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work — Narrador, algumas edições1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Angelou, Maya
Nome legal
Johnson, Marguerite Ann
Outros nomes
Angelou, Maya
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
País (no mapa)
Local de nascimento
St. Louis, Missouri, VS
Local de falecimento
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, VS
Locais de residência
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Stamps, Arkansas, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
New York, New York, USA
Sonoma, California, USA
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
George Washington High School, San Francisco
California Labor School, San Francisco
Reynolds Professorship of American Studies, Wake Forest University (mostrar todos 8)
Johnson, Guy (son)
Wake Forest University
Prémios e menções honrosas
Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature (1999)
National Medal of Arts (2000)
Grammy, Best Spoken Word Album (1993 ∙ 1995 ∙ 2002)
NAACP Spingarn Medal (1994)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2011)
Coretta Scott King Award (1971) (mostrar todos 39)
North Carolina Award in Literature (1987)
Golden Plate Award (1990)
Candace Award (1990)
Langston Hughes Medal (1991)
Horatio Alger Award (1992)
Distinguished Woman of North Carolina Award (1992)
Crystal Award (1992)
Crystal Award (1992)
Inauguration Poet (1993)
Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (1993)
Rollins College Walk of Fame (1994)
Frank G. Wells American Teachers Award (1995)
Homecoming Award (1997)
NAACP Image Award (1998 ∙ 2005 ∙ 2009)
Alston-Jones International Civil & Human Rights Award (1998)
National Women's Hall of Fame (1998)
Christopher Award (1999)
Shelia Award (1999)
EMMA Lifetime Achievement Award (2002)
Charles Evans Hughes Award (2004)
Mother Teresa Award (2006)
Martha Parker Legacy Award (2007)
Voice of Peace Award (2008)
Gracie Award (2008)
Marian Anderson Award (2008)
Lincoln Medal (2008)
ALA Literary Award (2009)
Black Cultural Society Award (2012)
Literarian Award (2013)
Norman Mailer Prize (2013)
Conference of Minority Transportation Officials Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
Ladies' Home Journal "Woman of the Year in Communication" Award (1976)
Matrix Award (1983)

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Maya Angelou (pronounced /ˈmaɪ.ə ˈændʒəloʊ/;[1] born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928)[2] is an American autobiographer and poet. Having been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" by scholar Joanne M. Braxton, she is best known for her series of six autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adulthood experiences.[3] The first, best-known, and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), focuses on the first seventeen years of her life, brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award.

Angelou has had a long and varied career, holding jobs such as fry cook, dancer, actress, journalist, educator, television producer, and film director. She was a member of the Harlem Writers Guild in the late 1950s. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and served as Northern Coordinator of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Angelou has been highly honored for her body of work, including being awarded over 30 honorary degrees and the nomination of a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie.[4] Since the 1990s, she has had a busy career on the lecture circuit, making about 80 appearances a year. Since 1991, Angelou has taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as recipient of the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. In 1993, she recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961. In 1995, she was recognized for having the longest-running record (two years) on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List.

With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou was heralded as a new kind of memoirist, one of the first African American women who was able to publicly discuss her personal life. She became recognized and highly respected as a spokesperson for blacks and women



Maya Angelou's Library em Legacy Libraries (Agosto 2015)


A powerful autobiography by one of America's true icons.
ben_r47 | 220 outras críticas | Feb 22, 2024 |
I think it's good. I don't read much poetry, but I like it. My favorites are the following: Willie on p. 236; One More Round on p. 244; Still I Rise on p. 255; and On Aging on p. 266.
hayprincessa | 6 outras críticas | Jan 24, 2024 |
Beautiful and lyrical and not at all expected grateful to have missed it as a requirement in highschool and to have the opportunity now. Something every woman should read.
Blanket_Dragon | 220 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
This abridged reading from the full collection was just what I needed: some of Angelou's most uplifting, self-affirming poetry, read in the author's rich voice, with her rhythm, her pacing, her emotion. Perfection.

Audiobook, via Audible.
Doodlebug34 | 16 outras críticas | Jan 7, 2024 |


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