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Maya Angelou (1928–2014)

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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 visa mer 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) visa färre


Verk av Maya Angelou

Jag vet varför burfågeln sjunger (1969) 14,338 exemplar
En kvinnas hjärta (1981) 2,424 exemplar
Samlas i mitt namn (1974) 1,458 exemplar
Letter to My Daughter (2008) 1,163 exemplar
Maya Angelou: Poems (1986) 1,002 exemplar
Even the Stars Look Lonesome (1997) 739 exemplar
Mom & Me & Mom (2013) 636 exemplar
A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002) 627 exemplar
Life Doesn't Frighten Me (1993) 519 exemplar
And Still I Rise (1978) 514 exemplar
On the Pulse of Morning (1993) 443 exemplar
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem (2005) 406 exemplar
I Shall Not Be Moved (1990) — Författare — 330 exemplar
The Poetry of Maya Angelou (1990) 136 exemplar
Kofi and His Magic (1996) 107 exemplar
Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me (2006) 91 exemplar
Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987) 79 exemplar
A Brave and Startling Truth (1995) 67 exemplar
Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? (1983) 61 exemplar
Love's Exquisite Freedom (1900) 15 exemplar
Maya Angelou Poetry Collection (1999) 11 exemplar
Our Grandmothers 6 exemplar
Maya Angelou 5 exemplar
Down in the Delta (1999) 5 exemplar
Phänomenale Frauen (2020) 4 exemplar
Lady B (2014) 3 exemplar
La vie ne me fait pas peur (2018) 3 exemplar
The aristocrat 2 exemplar
Encontraos en mi nombre (2000) 2 exemplar
Et pourtant je m'élève (2022) 2 exemplar
Graduation (Tale Blazers) (1989) 2 exemplar
They Came to Stay 1 exemplar
KADIN KALBİ 1 exemplar
Maya Angelou 4C box set (2002) 1 exemplar
En toch heradem ik 1 exemplar
The Runaway 1 exemplar

Associerade verk

Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography (1942) — Inledning — 1,320 exemplar
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Bidragsgivare — 759 exemplar
Tant Hagers barn (1930) — Inledning, vissa utgåvor626 exemplar
Written by Herself, Volume I: Autobiographies of American Women (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 422 exemplar
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 406 exemplar
God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1900) — Inledning, vissa utgåvor375 exemplar
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Bidragsgivare — 366 exemplar
Soul Looks Back in Wonder (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 198 exemplar
The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature (1999) — Bidragsgivare — 169 exemplar
Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats (2000) — Förord — 162 exemplar
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Bidragsgivare — 162 exemplar
All the Colors of the Race (1982) — Berättare, vissa utgåvor117 exemplar
Black Women Writers at Work (1983) — Bidragsgivare — 115 exemplar
A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (2007) — Bidragsgivare — 105 exemplar
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Bidragsgivare — 96 exemplar
Who Do You Think You Are?: Stories of Friends and Enemies (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 94 exemplar
Roots [1977 TV miniseries] (1977) — Actor — 93 exemplar
Read and Rise (2006) — Förord — 85 exemplar
Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry (2020) — Bidragsgivare — 83 exemplar
The Virago Book of Wicked Verse (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 82 exemplar
Mary Ellen Mark: An American Odyssey 1963-1999 (1999) — Bidragsgivare — 80 exemplar
Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor (1657) — Bidragsgivare — 74 exemplar
Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation (1984) — Bidragsgivare — 72 exemplar
Best Food Writing 2000 (Best Food Writing) (2000) — Bidragsgivare — 59 exemplar
African Canvas: The Art of West African Women (1990) — Förord, vissa utgåvor56 exemplar
A Virago Keepsake to Celebrate Twenty Years of Publishing (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 47 exemplar
Facing Evil: Light at the Core of Darkness (1988) — Bidragsgivare — 45 exemplar
Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry (1994) — Bidragsgivare — 45 exemplar
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Bidragsgivare — 33 exemplar
In My Mother's Kitchen: 25 Writers on Love, Cooking, and Family (2006) — Bidragsgivare — 33 exemplar
Women: A World Report (1985) — Bidragsgivare — 30 exemplar
Hot and Cool: Jazz Short Stories (1990) — Bidragsgivare — 30 exemplar
Virago Is 40 (2013) — Bidragsgivare — 30 exemplar
African American Lives [2006 TV episode] (2004) — Berättare — 29 exemplar
Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women (1983) — Bidragsgivare — 22 exemplar
Elmo Saves Christmas [1996 film] (2009) — Actor — 19 exemplar
Go Girl! The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure (1997) — Bidragsgivare — 19 exemplar
Keeping The Faith: African American Sermons Of Liberation (2002) — Inledning — 17 exemplar
Bittersweet (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 10 exemplar
Harlem: Voices from the Soul of Black America (1970) — Bidragsgivare — 9 exemplar
America Beyond the Color Line [2002 TV series] (2003) — Berättare — 8 exemplar
Shall We Dance? (2008) — Förord — 7 exemplar
Discovering the Other America: Radical Voices from the 1980s (2012) — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar
Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work — Berättare, vissa utgåvor1 exemplar


Allmänna fakta

Vedertaget namn
Angelou, Maya
Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Johnson, Marguerite Ann
Andra namn
Angelou, Maya
Land (för karta)
St. Louis, Missouri, VS
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, VS
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Stamps, Arkansas, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
New York, New York, USA
Sonoma, California, USA
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
George Washington High School, San Francisco
California Labor School, San Francisco
Reynolds Professorship of American Studies, Wake Forest University (visa alla 8)
Johnson, Guy (son)
Wake Forest University
Priser och utmärkelser
Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature (1999)
National Medal of Arts (2000)
Grammy, Best Spoken Word Album (1993 ∙ 1995 ∙ 2002)
NAACP Spingarn Medal (1994)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2011)
Coretta Scott King Award (1971) (visa alla 39)
North Carolina Award in Literature (1987)
Golden Plate Award (1990)
Candace Award (1990)
Langston Hughes Medal (1991)
Horatio Alger Award (1992)
Distinguished Woman of North Carolina Award (1992)
Crystal Award (1992)
Crystal Award (1992)
Inauguration Poet (1993)
Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (1993)
Rollins College Walk of Fame (1994)
Frank G. Wells American Teachers Award (1995)
Homecoming Award (1997)
NAACP Image Award (1998 ∙ 2005 ∙ 2009)
Alston-Jones International Civil & Human Rights Award (1998)
National Women's Hall of Fame (1998)
Christopher Award (1999)
Shelia Award (1999)
EMMA Lifetime Achievement Award (2002)
Charles Evans Hughes Award (2004)
Mother Teresa Award (2006)
Martha Parker Legacy Award (2007)
Voice of Peace Award (2008)
Gracie Award (2008)
Marian Anderson Award (2008)
Lincoln Medal (2008)
ALA Literary Award (2009)
Black Cultural Society Award (2012)
Literarian Award (2013)
Norman Mailer Prize (2013)
Conference of Minority Transportation Officials Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
Ladies' Home Journal "Woman of the Year in Communication" Award (1976)
Matrix Award (1983)
Kort biografi
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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Children's picture book
Reading Age: 2-8
Grade Level: Preschool and up
laurendavis | 23 andra recensioner | Dec 6, 2023 |
A classic in American literature, one I first read years ago as a freshman in high school. I remember appreciating it then, but thinking it was a bit boring (a 14-year-old's opinion, on a book being taught in high school English class). Re-reading gave me a much better appreciation of it, and of Angelou as a writer.

The story meanders a bit, but ultimately heads us in a single direction. And during that meandering Angelou shows us what an exceptional writer she is and her ability to write different styles of story. (One of the chapters is basically a ghost story.)

As I got towards the end of the book, I began to see what 14-year-old me was thinking, in that it slows down a bit, and it took me a while to get through the last 100 pages. But overall a really good book by an American icon.
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rumbledethumps | 216 andra recensioner | Nov 25, 2023 |
Non so perché a quest’edizione Frassinelli sia stato dato questo titolo, visto che stiamo parlando di I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, riportato fedelmente nella nostra lingua dalla nuova edizione BEAT (che propone, tra l’altro, la stessa traduzione che ho letto io), Io so perché canta l'uccello in gabbia. Oltretutto, stiamo parlando di un titolo che è un verso tratto da Sympathy di Paul Laurence Dunbar, quindi i motivi della decisione della CE italiana mi rimangono oscuri…

In ogni caso, quale che sia il titolo dell’edizione che riuscirete a procurarvi, vi consiglio caldamente di leggere questo romanzo, con l’avvertenza che contiene una delle scene di stupro più terrificanti che abbia letto nella mia vita.

Il canto del silenzio è un romanzo autobiografico e di formazione che ci racconta quante difficoltà aggiuntive possa incontrare una giovane donna nera nel percorso per diventare adulta. È un libro sugli assurdi privilegi dei bianchi, degli uomini, dei ricchi e di come le persone che non godono di certi vantaggi portino in sé i semi capaci di portarle a rivendicare il proprio spazio.

Se crescere è doloroso per una bambina nera del Sud, rendersi conto di essere fuori posto è la ruggine sul rasoio puntato alla gola.
È un insulto superfluo.
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lasiepedimore | 216 andra recensioner | Nov 17, 2023 |
Independent Reading Level: 8th-12th grade.
Awards: N/A
jjohnson28 | 12 andra recensioner | Nov 6, 2023 |


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