A year ago, on may 28, renowned author maya angelou died at age 86 in honor of the one year anniversary of her death, her iconic autobiography “i know why the caged bird sings” is being re-released with a foreword by her friend “ we may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Maya angelou s i know why the caged bird sings • • • a casebook edited by joanne m braxton ew yo rk oxford oxford university press 1999 in i know why the cased brrd smss she focuses almost entirely on the inner spaces of her emotional and personal life, crafting a literary autobiography that be. It is not maya angelou's poems nor performances that will secure her reputation, but her autobiographical works not her poems nor her performances that will ensure angelou a place in american literary history, but her autobiographies, particularly the first of the seven, i know why the caged bird sings,.
Maya angelou published her iconic autobiography, i know why the caged bird sings, in 1969, the year before i was born – so i arrived in a world we see photos of maya angelou clad in dancer's tights draped across her bed reading a magazine, or dancing a bop with amiri baraka we think: not always. She wrote six autobiographies most people consider themselves lucky if their lives are interesting enough to garner enough commercial interest for one book about their lives maya angelou wrote six — and that's not including profiles written by others taken as a series, read them in this order: i know why.
Maya angelou, who would have been 90 on 4 april, remains one of america's most influential writers, artists and cultural figureheads her series of seven autobiographical works, beginning with the seminal coming of age story, i know why the cage bird sings, overhauled the memoir genre, tackling rape,.