Maya Angelou





Maya Angelou

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in St. Louis, Missouri, The United States
April 04, 1928

died
May 28, 2014

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Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, was an American poet, memoirist, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. In 2001 she was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal. Maya Angelou is known for her series of six autobiographies, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, (1969 which was nominated for a National Book Award and called her magnum opus. Her volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die (1971) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.


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More books by Maya Angelou…
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

Polls

October 2014 New School Poll

 
  27 votes, 20.1%

1925, The Trial by Franz Kafka, pages 276
 
  21 votes, 15.7%

 
  12 votes, 9.0%

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, pages 305
 
  10 votes, 7.5%

 
  10 votes, 7.5%

 
  9 votes, 6.7%

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  8 votes, 6.0%

1966, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, pages 311
 
  7 votes, 5.2%

1957, The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, pages 220
 
  5 votes, 3.7%

 
  5 votes, 3.7%

 
  5 votes, 3.7%

1974, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, pages 336
 
  4 votes, 3.0%

1952, The Birds by Daphne du Maurier, pages 75
 
  4 votes, 3.0%

 
  2 votes, 1.5%

 
  2 votes, 1.5%

 
  2 votes, 1.5%

1980. Aztec by Gary Jennings, pages 754
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

1903, The Ambassadors by Henry James, pages 528
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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