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Maya Angelou

Poet (4-Apr-1928 — 28-May-2014)


Maya Angelou. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York: Random House. 1969. 281pp.

Maya Angelou. Gather Together in My Name. New York: Random House. 1974. 214pp.

Maya Angelou. Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas. New York: Random House. 1976. 269pp.

Maya Angelou. The Heart of a Woman. New York: Random House. 1981. 272pp.

Maya Angelou. All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes. New York: Random House. 1986. 210pp.

Maya Angelou. A Song Flung Up to Heaven. New York: Random House. 2002. 212pp.

Valérie Baisnée. Gendered Resistance: The Autobiographies of Simone de Beauvoir, Maya Angelou, Janet Frame and Marguerite Duras. Rodopi. 1997. 176pp.

Harold Bloom (editor). Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House. 1998. 172pp. Critical essays.

Joanne M. Braxton. Maya Angelou's I Know why the Caged Bird Sings: A Casebook. Oxford University Press. 2002. 162pp.

Daniel D. Challener. Stories of Resilience in Childhood: The Narratives of Maya Angelou, Maxine Hong Kingston, Richard Rodriguez, John Edgar Wideman, and Tobias Wolff. New York: Garland Publishing. 1997. 204pp.

Lyman B. Hagen. Heart of a Woman, Mind of a Writer and Soul of a Poet: A Critical Analysis of the Writings of Maya Angelou. University Press of America. 1997.

Mary Jane Lupton. Maya Angelou: A Critical Companion. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1998. 200pp.

Dolly A. McPherson. Order Out of Chaos: The Autobiographical Works of Maya Angelou. Pieterlen, Switzerland: Peter Lang. 1990.

Mary E. Williams (editor). Readings on Maya Angelou. Greenhaven Press. 1997. 158pp.


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  8. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers (p.17)

  9. Random House Dictionary of World Biography (p.16)

  10. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.22)

  11. Who's Who in America 2000 (p.121)

  12. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.48)

  13. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.10)

  14. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.16)

  15. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.33)

  16. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.38)

  17. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.18)

  18. The International Who's Who 2001 (p.49)

  19. 100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia (pp.37-38)

  20. Britannica Almanac 2006 (p.52)

  21. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.1, p.89)

  22. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English (p.23)

  23. Who's Who in Twentieth-Century World Poetry (p.13)

  24. Northeastern Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.19)

  25. Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States (p.51)

  26. Legends in Their Own Time (p.9)

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