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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Now the basis of a major Radio 4 drama, Maya Angelou’s debut memoir paints a portrait of ‘a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman’ (Barack Obama)

Maya Angelou’s debut memoir has become an classic beloved worldwide. Her six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the her talents and resilience.. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover. However, far from being dispiriting, James Baldwin writes, ‘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.’

‘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
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

On Sale: 21st April 1998

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780860685111

Reviews

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
The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace
President Bill Clinton
She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace . . . She will always be the rainbow in my clouds
Oprah Winfrey
A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman
President Barack Obama
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou’s six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.

‘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
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

On Sale: 21st April 1998

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780860685111

Reviews

I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself more moved
JAMES BALDWIN
'There's currently a glut of true-life stories written by survivors of abuse, but this inspirational 1969 book is one of the first - and the best...[it] is testament to the immense strength of this extraordinary woman
MARIE CLAIRE
Verve, nerve, and joy in her own talents effervesce throughout this book
JULIA O'FAOLAIN
Its humour, even in the face of appalling discrimination, is robust. Autobiographical writing at its very best
PHILIP OAKES
A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman
President Barack Obama
The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace
President Bill Clinton
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
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou’s six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.

‘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
Read More

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

On Sale: 21st April 1998

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780860685111

Reviews

I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself more moved
JAMES BALDWIN
'There's currently a glut of true-life stories written by survivors of abuse, but this inspirational 1969 book is one of the first - and the best...[it] is testament to the immense strength of this extraordinary woman
MARIE CLAIRE
Verve, nerve, and joy in her own talents effervesce throughout this book
JULIA O'FAOLAIN
Its humour, even in the face of appalling discrimination, is robust. Autobiographical writing at its very best
PHILIP OAKES
A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman
President Barack Obama
The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace
President Bill Clinton
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
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou’s six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.

‘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
Read More

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

On Sale: 21st April 1998

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780860685111

Reviews

I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself more moved
JAMES BALDWIN
'There's currently a glut of true-life stories written by survivors of abuse, but this inspirational 1969 book is one of the first - and the best...[it] is testament to the immense strength of this extraordinary woman
MARIE CLAIRE
Verve, nerve, and joy in her own talents effervesce throughout this book
JULIA O'FAOLAIN
Its humour, even in the face of appalling discrimination, is robust. Autobiographical writing at its very best
PHILIP OAKES
A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman
President Barack Obama
The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace
President Bill Clinton
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
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou’s six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.

‘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
Read More

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

On Sale: 21st April 1998

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780860685111

Reviews

A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman
President Barack Obama
The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace
President Bill Clinton
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
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou’s six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.

‘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
Read More

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

On Sale: 21st April 1998

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780860685111

Reviews

I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself more moved
JAMES BALDWIN
'There's currently a glut of true-life stories written by survivors of abuse, but this inspirational 1969 book is one of the first - and the best...[it] is testament to the immense strength of this extraordinary woman
MARIE CLAIRE
Verve, nerve, and joy in her own talents effervesce throughout this book
JULIA O'FAOLAIN
Its humour, even in the face of appalling discrimination, is robust. Autobiographical writing at its very best
PHILIP OAKES
A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman
President Barack Obama
The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace
President Bill Clinton
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
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou’s six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.

‘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
Read More

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

On Sale: 21st April 1998

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780860685111

Reviews

I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself more moved
JAMES BALDWIN
'There's currently a glut of true-life stories written by survivors of abuse, but this inspirational 1969 book is one of the first - and the best...[it] is testament to the immense strength of this extraordinary woman
MARIE CLAIRE
Verve, nerve, and joy in her own talents effervesce throughout this book
JULIA O'FAOLAIN
Its humour, even in the face of appalling discrimination, is robust. Autobiographical writing at its very best
PHILIP OAKES
A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman
President Barack Obama
The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace
President Bill Clinton
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
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou’s six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.

‘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
Read More

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

On Sale: 21st April 1998

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780860685111

Reviews

I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself more moved
JAMES BALDWIN
'There's currently a glut of true-life stories written by survivors of abuse, but this inspirational 1969 book is one of the first - and the best...[it] is testament to the immense strength of this extraordinary woman
MARIE CLAIRE
Verve, nerve, and joy in her own talents effervesce throughout this book
JULIA O'FAOLAIN
Its humour, even in the face of appalling discrimination, is robust. Autobiographical writing at its very best
PHILIP OAKES
A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman
President Barack Obama
The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace
President Bill Clinton
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
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou’s six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.

‘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
Read More

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

On Sale: 21st April 1998

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780860685111

Reviews

I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself more moved
JAMES BALDWIN
'There's currently a glut of true-life stories written by survivors of abuse, but this inspirational 1969 book is one of the first - and the best...[it] is testament to the immense strength of this extraordinary woman
MARIE CLAIRE
Verve, nerve, and joy in her own talents effervesce throughout this book
JULIA O'FAOLAIN
Its humour, even in the face of appalling discrimination, is robust. Autobiographical writing at its very best
PHILIP OAKES
A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman
President Barack Obama
The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace
President Bill Clinton
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
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou’s six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.

‘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
Read More

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

On Sale: 21st April 1998

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780860685111