A powerful modern classic, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is made available in a beautiful hardback in the VMC set for adult and young adult readers.
In this, the celebrated, bestselling first volume of her autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American South of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover. As a black woman, Maya Angelou has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope and joy, celebration and achievement; loving the world, she also knows its cruelty.
About the Author
Born in 1928 in Missouri, Maya Angelou has been a waitress, singer, actress, dancer, activist, filmmaker, writer and mother. As well as her autobiography she has written several volumes of poetry, including On the Pulse of Morning for the inauguration of President Clinton. She has a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman -- President Barack Obama The poems and stories she wrote ... were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace -- President Bill Clinton She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace ... She will always be the rainbow in my clouds -- Oprah Winfrey She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents - used ten. And was a real original. There is no duplicate -- Toni Morrison The collection has been expertly put together to remind the reader that while the way we describe things has changed, the feelings behind them certainly haven't. Bold, beautiful ... everyone's appetites will be satisfied. Elle magazine
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 31st July 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.45