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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)
— biography from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 13,528 exemplars, 207 ressenyes
The Heart of a Woman 2,306 exemplars, 16 ressenyes
Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now 1,789 exemplars, 17 ressenyes
Gather Together in My Name 1,381 exemplars, 15 ressenyes
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes 1,075 exemplars, 11 ressenyes
Letter to My Daughter 1,072 exemplars, 24 ressenyes
Maya Angelou: Poems 934 exemplars, 6 ressenyes
Even the Stars Look Lonesome 697 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
A Song Flung Up to Heaven 591 exemplars, 6 ressenyes
Mom & Me & Mom 579 exemplars, 48 ressenyes
And Still I Rise 481 exemplars, 16 ressenyes
Life Doesn't Frighten Me 462 exemplars, 20 ressenyes
On the Pulse of Morning 424 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem 368 exemplars, 10 ressenyes
Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou 335 exemplars, 14 ressenyes
I Shall Not Be Moved (Autor) 316 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
The Poetry of Maya Angelou 102 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Kofi and His Magic 98 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me 84 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
Now Sheba Sings the Song 76 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? 59 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Love's Exquisite Freedom 14 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Amazing Peace and Other Poems 6 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Mrs. Flowers: A Moment of Friendship 4 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Maya Angelou 4 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Down in the Delta 4 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Our Grandmothers 3 exemplars
Lady B 2 exemplars
The aristocrat 2 exemplars
They Came to Stay 1 exemplars
En toch heradem ik 1 exemplars
The Runaway 1 exemplars
Je reprendrais bien un peu de rêve 1 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography (Introducció) 1,253 exemplars, 17 ressenyes
The Best American Essays of the Century (Col·laborador) 727 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Not Without Laughter (Introducció, algunes edicions) 581 exemplars, 11 ressenyes
Written by Herself, Volume I: Autobiographies of American Women (Col·laborador) 406 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (Col·laborador) 395 exemplars, 1 ressenya
God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (Introducció, algunes edicions) 350 exemplars, 6 ressenyes
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (Col·laborador) 346 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Soul Looks Back in Wonder (Col·laborador) 189 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature (Col·laborador) 160 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats (Pròleg) 155 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (Col·laborador) 137 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
All the Colors of the Race (Narrador, algunes edicions) 114 exemplars, 14 ressenyes
A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (Col·laborador) 101 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Roots [1977 TV miniseries] (Actor) 87 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Read and Rise (Pròleg) 83 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The Virago Book of Wicked Verse (Col·laborador) 78 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry (Col·laborador) 76 exemplars, 31 ressenyes
Mary Ellen Mark: An American Odyssey 1963-1999 (Col·laborador) 75 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Black Women Writers at Work (Col·laborador) 69 exemplars, 1 ressenya
African Canvas: The Art of West African Women (Pròleg, algunes edicions) 51 exemplars
Facing Evil: Light at the Core of Darkness (Col·laborador) 45 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry (Col·laborador) 42 exemplars
In My Mother's Kitchen: 25 Writers on Love, Cooking, and Family (Col·laborador) 31 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Virago Is 40 (Col·laborador) 29 exemplars
Women: A World Report (Col·laborador) 29 exemplars
African American Lives [2006 TV episode] (Narrador) 28 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Hot and Cool: Jazz Short Stories (Col·laborador) 28 exemplars
Bittersweet (Col·laborador) 10 exemplars
Shall We Dance? (Pròleg) 7 exemplars

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Maya Angelou (pronounced /ˈmaɪ.ə ˈændʒəloʊ/;[1] born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928)[2] is an American autobiographer and poet. Having been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" by scholar Joanne M. Braxton, she is best known for her series of six autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adulthood experiences.[3] The first, best-known, and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), focuses on the first seventeen years of her life, brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award.

Angelou has had a long and varied career, holding jobs such as fry cook, dancer, actress, journalist, educator, television producer, and film director. She was a member of the Harlem Writers Guild in the late 1950s. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and served as Northern Coordinator of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Angelou has been highly honored for her body of work, including being awarded over 30 honorary degrees and the nomination of a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie.[4] Since the 1990s, she has had a busy career on the lecture circuit, making about 80 appearances a year. Since 1991, Angelou has taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as recipient of the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. In 1993, she recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961. In 1995, she was recognized for having the longest-running record (two years) on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List.

With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou was heralded as a new kind of memoirist, one of the first African American women who was able to publicly discuss her personal life. She became recognized and highly respected as a spokesperson for blacks and women
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