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Title:
Maya Angelou's I know why the caged bird sings
Author(s):
Bloom, Harold.
ISBN/ISSN:
0791047733
Physical Description:
viii, 197 pages ; 25 cm.
Series:
Modern critical interpretations

Modern critical interpretations.
Contents:
The song of a caged bird : Maya Angelou's quest after self-acceptance / Sidonie Ann Smith -- Mary Angelou's I know why the caged bird sings and black autobiographical tradition / George E. Kent -- Role-playing as art in Maya Angelou's Caged bird / Myra K. McMurry -- Death as metaphor of self in I know why the caged bird sings / Liliane K. Arensberg -- The daughter's seduction : sexual violence and literary history / Christine Froula -- Call and response : intertextuality in two autobiographical works by Richard Wright and Maya Angelou / Kenneth Kinnamon -- Maya Angelou's I know why the caged bird sings : paths to escape / Susan Gilbert -- A song of transcendence : Maya Angelou / Joanne M. Braxton -- Con artists and storytellers : Maya Angelou's problematic sense of audience / Francoise Lionnet -- Someplace to be a black girl / Fred Lee Hord -- Reembodying the self : representations of rape in Incidents in the life of a slave girl and I know why the caged bird sings / Mary Vermillion -- Maya Angelou is three writers : I know why the caged bird sings / James Bertolino -- Learning to live : when the bird breaks from the cage / Opal Moore.
Reading Level:
1330 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.7 13.0 8660.
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-188) and index.
Lexile Number:
1330 Lexile.
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Pub Date:
Chelsea House Publishers, [1998]

©1998
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Summary

Summary

The moving and beautiful autobiography of a talented black woman. . . . I have no words for this achievement, but I know that not since the days of my childhood . . . have I found myself so moved . . . Her portrait is a Biblical study of life in the midst of death.--James Baldwin.


Author Notes

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 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)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Candid and poetic, the first of Angelou's autobiographical accounts describes her growing up black in the South. (Je 15 70)


Library Journal Review

If your originals of these two popular titles (LJ 9/1/78, LJ 3/15/70, respectively) have seen better days, these reprints offer affordable, high-quality replacements. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-Reading with a poet's lilting voice, Angelou tells the story of her difficult childhood and young adult years. Raised by her extended African American family, she endured racism, rape, and teen pregnancy, rising above adversity to become a respected educator and author, who was asked by President Bill Clinton to compose and present a poem at his first inauguration. Students can visit Angelou's website (mayaangelou.com) to learn more about her many accomplishments and bring themselves up to date on her story. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

A young woman's coming of age in the South during the '30s. Excerpted from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Editor's Notep. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Song of a Caged Bird: Maya Angelou's Quest After Self-Acceptancep. 3
Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Black Autobiographical Traditionp. 15
Role-Playing as Art in Maya Angelou's """"Caged Bird""""p. 25
Death as a Metaphor of Self in I Know Why the Caged Bird Singsp. 31
The Daughter's Seduction: Sexual Violence and Literary Historyp. 47
Call and Response: Intertextuality in Two Autobiographical Works by Richard Wright and Maya Angeloup. 69
Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Paths to Escapep. 81
A Song of Transcendence: Maya Angeloup. 93
Con Artists and Storytellers: Maya Angelou's Problematic Sense of Audiencep. 111
Someplace to Be a Black Girlp. 141
Reembodying the Self: Representations of Rape in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and I Know Why the Caged Bird Singsp. 153
Maya Angelou is Three Writers: I Know Why the Caged Bird Singsp. 167
Learning to Live: When the Bird Breaks from the Cagep. 173
Chronologyp. 181
Contributorsp. 185
Bibliographyp. 187
Acknowledgmentsp. 189
Indexp. 191

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