Maya Angelou Biography

This Biography consists of approximately 22 pages of information about the life of Maya Angelou.
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Maya Angelou's literary significance rests primarily upon her exceptional ability to tell her life story as both a human being and a black American woman in the twentieth century. Five serial autobiographical volumes have been published to date (in 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, and 1986), covering the period from 1928 to the mid 1960s; more may be expected. She asserts in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969): "The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance." Yet Angelou's own autobiographies and vivid lectures about herself, ranging in tone from warmly humorous to bitterly satiric, have won a popular and critical following that is both respectful and enthusiastic.

As she adds successive volumes to her life story, she is...

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