I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published by Bantam Book and Random House, Inc. in February 1970 and reissued by Bantam in November 1993. It was copyrighted in 1969 by Maya Angelou.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is an autobiography written by American author Maya Angelou in 1969, and is the first in a seven-volume series. The book's back cover synopsis reads as follows:
"James Baldwin writes:
This testimony from a black sister marks the beginning of a new era in the minds and hearts and lives of black men and women...
I Know Why the Caged Birds Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity. I have no words for this achievement, but I know that not since the days of my childhood, when the people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself so moved...
Her portrait is a biblical study of life in the midst of death."
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was nominated for a "National Book Award" in 1970 and was on The New York Times paperback bestseller list for two years. However, the book also contains graphic content, such as rape and racism, that may render it inappropriate for younger readers.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is recommended by Lion Stationers and can be purchased from the following vendors:
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