I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Part of the Five Foot Bookshelf

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Part of the Blackwell's Five Foot Bookshelf.
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The international classic and bestseller, Maya Angelou's memoir paints a portrait of 'a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman' (BARACK OBAMA).

'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again' Maya Angelou

In this first volume of her seven books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination, violence and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration.

'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

'She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace . . . She will always be the rainbow in my clouds' OPRAH WINFREY

'She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents - used ten. And was a real original. There is no duplicate' TONI MORRISON

Book information

ISBN: 9780860685111
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
Edition: Part of the Five Foot Bookshelf
DEWEY: 973.0496073092
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Sales rank: 1724
Number of pages: 281
Weight: 254g
Height: 196mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 20mm