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.


Average rating: 4.15 · 264,757 ratings · 8,663 reviews · 129 distinct works · Similar authors
I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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The Heart of a Woman
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Letter to My Daughter
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Wouldn't Take Nothing for M...
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The Complete Collected Poems
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Gather Together in My Name
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Mom & Me & Mom
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All God's Children Need Tra...
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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

“What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.”
Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

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November 2014 New School Classics Poll

1911, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, 155 pages
 
  25 votes, 16.7%

1920, The Age of Innocence byEdith Wharton, 305 pages
 
  20 votes, 13.3%

 
  15 votes, 10.0%

1997, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, 428 pages
 
  14 votes, 9.3%

 
  11 votes, 7.3%

1962, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, 211 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.3%

 
  10 votes, 6.7%

 
  9 votes, 6.0%

1994, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, 449 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.3%

 
  7 votes, 4.7%

1956, Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, 159 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.3%

1960, The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, 242 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.7%

 
  3 votes, 2.0%

1920, Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, 454 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.0%

 
  2 votes, 1.3%

 
  2 votes, 1.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.7%

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