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The Collected Autobiographies Of Maya Angelou Hardcover – 6 Oct 2005

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  • Hardcover: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (6 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844081702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844081707
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 6.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights' activist - working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King - and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, 'On the Pulse of Morning', for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world.

She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013. She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.

'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's no duplicate. There is no duplicate' Toni Morrison

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For Gather Together in My Name: 'She has the knack of guiding us along the seamier side of life while making us feel refreshed and restored like a terrific gospel blues singer' - Guardian For I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: 'I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself more moved' James Baldwin

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Maya Angelou's celebrated autobiographies, including the bestselling

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, are brought together for the first time here in one volume.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jane eyre on 10 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
A woman before her time, thrilling and nail biting at times. Her struggle as a single parent in a diffcult time. Her stand for her rights and opinions in a time when black people where standing up and finally being listened too.

I have never wanted to finish a book so i could get onto the next book but this new edition all the books under one is fantastic!!

Thank you Maya Angelou
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Townson on 6 Dec. 2009
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I read these books when first issued, but they are as fresh and gripping as ever on this re-reading. I laughed out loud and I wept quietly, and I still want to know the writer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chatterbox on 24 Nov. 2012
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I loved the books. At first i thought I was buying 6 separate autobiographies but it was one book. It was very heavy and I could bring it anywhere but it was worth it..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PTB on 22 Mar. 2011
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I did not purchase this item for myself, it was as gift for a friend of mine.

As I already have the individual autobiographies and felt that they were a collection of writings that every young woman should have in her bookcase or shelf.

Truly beautiful, inspirational & uplifting.

You got to love Maya Angelou
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juicy24 on 4 Sept. 2012
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This book is amazing! Maya Angelou has had such an interesting life and I found this book to be inspiring as well as educating. A must read.
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