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Maya Angelou (1928–2014)

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Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. At the age of 16, she became not only the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco but the first woman conductor. In the mid-1950s, she toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. In näytä lisää 1957, she recorded her first album, Calypso Lady. In 1958, she became a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and played a queen in The Blacks, an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet. In 1960, she moved to Cairo, where she edited The Arab Observer, an English-language weekly newspaper. The following year, she went to Ghana where she was features editor of The African Review and taught music and drama at the University of Ghana. In 1964, she moved back to the U.S. to become a civil rights activist by helping Malcolm X build his new coalition, the Organization of African American Unity, and became the northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Even though she never went to college, she taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. In 1993, she became only the second poet in United States history to write and recite an original poem at a Presidential Inauguration when she read On the Pulse of Morning at President Bill Clinton's Inauguration Ceremony. She wrote numerous books during her lifetime including: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and Mom and Me and Mom. In 2011, President Barack Obama gave her the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, for her collected works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She appeared in the movie Roots and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1977 for her role in the movie. She also played a part in the movie, How to Make an American Quilt and wrote and produced Afro-Americans in the Arts, a PBS special for which she received a Golden Eagle Award. She was a three-time Grammy winner. She died on May 28, 2014 at the age of 86. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän


Tekijän teokset

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) 14,899 kappaletta
The Heart of a Woman (1981) 2,512 kappaletta
Gather Together in My Name (1974) 1,507 kappaletta
Letter to My Daughter (2008) 1,214 kappaletta
Maya Angelou: Poems (1986) 1,044 kappaletta
Even the Stars Look Lonesome (1997) 774 kappaletta
Mom & Me & Mom (2013) 661 kappaletta
A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002) 653 kappaletta
Life Doesn't Frighten Me (1993) 550 kappaletta
And Still I Rise (1978) 535 kappaletta
On the Pulse of Morning (1993) 464 kappaletta
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem (2005) 421 kappaletta
I Shall Not Be Moved (1990) — Tekijä — 347 kappaletta
The Poetry of Maya Angelou (1990) 139 kappaletta
Kofi and His Magic (1996) 109 kappaletta
Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me (2006) 94 kappaletta
Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987) 81 kappaletta
A Brave and Startling Truth (1995) 69 kappaletta
Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? (1983) 61 kappaletta
Love's Exquisite Freedom (1900) 17 kappaletta
Maya Angelou Poetry Collection (1999) 12 kappaletta
Our Grandmothers 6 kappaletta
Down in the Delta (1999) 5 kappaletta
Maya Angelou 5 kappaletta
Phänomenale Frauen (2020) 4 kappaletta
Lady B (2014) 3 kappaletta
La vie ne me fait pas peur (2018) 3 kappaletta
Et pourtant je m'élève (2022) 2 kappaletta
Encontraos en mi nombre (2000) 2 kappaletta
Maya Angelou 4C box set (2002) 2 kappaletta
KADIN KALBİ 2 kappaletta
The aristocrat 2 kappaletta
Graduation (Tale Blazers) (1989) 2 kappaletta
The Runaway 1 kappale

Associated Works

Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography (1942) — Johdanto, eräät painokset1,384 kappaletta
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Avustaja — 784 kappaletta
Not Without Laughter (1930) — Johdanto, eräät painokset652 kappaletta
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Avustaja — 412 kappaletta
God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1927) — Johdanto, eräät painokset394 kappaletta
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Avustaja — 375 kappaletta
High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America (2011) — Esipuhe — 304 kappaletta
Soul Looks Back in Wonder (1993) — Avustaja — 206 kappaletta
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Avustaja — 177 kappaletta
Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats (2000) — Esipuhe — 168 kappaletta
Black Women Writers at Work (1983) — Avustaja — 130 kappaletta
All the Colors of the Race (1982) — Kertoja, eräät painokset121 kappaletta
A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (2007) — Avustaja — 105 kappaletta
Roots [1977 TV miniseries] (1977) — Actor — 99 kappaletta
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Avustaja — 99 kappaletta
Who Do You Think You Are?: Stories of Friends and Enemies (1993) — Avustaja — 94 kappaletta
Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry (2020) — Avustaja — 94 kappaletta
Read and Rise (2006) — Esipuhe — 87 kappaletta
The Virago Book of Wicked Verse (1992) — Avustaja — 82 kappaletta
Mary Ellen Mark: An American Odyssey 1963-1999 (1999) — Avustaja — 81 kappaletta
Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation (1984) — Avustaja — 79 kappaletta
Best Food Writing 2000 (2000) — Avustaja — 60 kappaletta
African Canvas: The Art of West African Women (1990) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset59 kappaletta
Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry (1997) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
A Virago Keepsake to Celebrate Twenty Years of Publishing (1993) — Avustaja — 48 kappaletta
Facing Evil: Light at the Core of Darkness (1988) — Avustaja — 48 kappaletta
Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry (1994) — Avustaja — 46 kappaletta
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
Virago Is 40 (2013) — Avustaja — 31 kappaletta
African American Lives [2006 TV episode] (2004) — Kertoja — 31 kappaletta
Women: A World Report (1985) — Avustaja — 30 kappaletta
Hot and Cool: Jazz Short Stories (1990) — Avustaja — 30 kappaletta
Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women (1983) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta
Go Girl! The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure (1997) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Elmo Saves Christmas [1996 film] (2009) — Actor — 19 kappaletta
Keeping The Faith: African American Sermons Of Liberation (2002) — Johdanto — 18 kappaletta
Harlem: Voices from the Soul of Black America (1970) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Bittersweet (1998) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Bright Poems for Dark Days: An Anthology for Hope (2021) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Shall We Dance? (2008) — Esipuhe — 8 kappaletta
America Beyond the Color Line [2002 TV series] (2003) — Kertoja — 8 kappaletta
Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work — Kertoja, eräät painokset2 kappaletta

Merkitty avainsanalla


Kanoninen nimi
Angelou, Maya
Virallinen nimi
Johnson, Marguerite Ann
Muut nimet
Angelou, Maya
Maa (karttaa varten)
St. Louis, Missouri, VS
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, VS
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Stamps, Arkansas, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
New York, New York, USA
Sonoma, California, USA
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
George Washington High School, San Francisco
California Labor School, San Francisco
Reynolds Professorship of American Studies, Wake Forest University (näytä kaikki 8)
Johnson, Guy (son)
Wake Forest University
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature (1999)
National Medal of Arts (2000)
Grammy, Best Spoken Word Album (1993 ∙ 1995 ∙ 2002)
NAACP Spingarn Medal (1994)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2011)
Coretta Scott King Award (1971) (näytä kaikki 39)
North Carolina Award in Literature (1987)
Golden Plate Award (1990)
Candace Award (1990)
Langston Hughes Medal (1991)
Horatio Alger Award (1992)
Distinguished Woman of North Carolina Award (1992)
Crystal Award (1992)
Crystal Award (1992)
Inauguration Poet (1993)
Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (1993)
Rollins College Walk of Fame (1994)
Frank G. Wells American Teachers Award (1995)
Homecoming Award (1997)
NAACP Image Award (1998 ∙ 2005 ∙ 2009)
Alston-Jones International Civil & Human Rights Award (1998)
National Women's Hall of Fame (1998)
Christopher Award (1999)
Shelia Award (1999)
EMMA Lifetime Achievement Award (2002)
Charles Evans Hughes Award (2004)
Mother Teresa Award (2006)
Martha Parker Legacy Award (2007)
Voice of Peace Award (2008)
Gracie Award (2008)
Marian Anderson Award (2008)
Lincoln Medal (2008)
ALA Literary Award (2009)
Black Cultural Society Award (2012)
Literarian Award (2013)
Norman Mailer Prize (2013)
Conference of Minority Transportation Officials Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
Ladies' Home Journal "Woman of the Year in Communication" Award (1976)
Matrix Award (1983)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Maya Angelou (pronounced /ˈmaɪ.ə ˈændʒəloʊ/;[1] born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928)[2] is an American autobiographer and poet. Having been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" by scholar Joanne M. Braxton, she is best known for her series of six autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adulthood experiences.[3] The first, best-known, and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), focuses on the first seventeen years of her life, brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award.

Angelou has had a long and varied career, holding jobs such as fry cook, dancer, actress, journalist, educator, television producer, and film director. She was a member of the Harlem Writers Guild in the late 1950s. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and served as Northern Coordinator of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Angelou has been highly honored for her body of work, including being awarded over 30 honorary degrees and the nomination of a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie.[4] Since the 1990s, she has had a busy career on the lecture circuit, making about 80 appearances a year. Since 1991, Angelou has taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as recipient of the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. In 1993, she recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961. In 1995, she was recognized for having the longest-running record (two years) on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List.

With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou was heralded as a new kind of memoirist, one of the first African American women who was able to publicly discuss her personal life. She became recognized and highly respected as a spokesperson for blacks and women



Maya Angelou's Library, Legacy Libraries (elokuu 2015)


"Io so perché canta l'uccello in gabbia" di Maya Angelou è un'autobiografia potente e commovente che narra la sua infanzia e adolescenza nel Sud degli Stati Uniti durante gli anni '30 e '40. La forza del libro risiede nella scrittura limpida e poetica di Angelou, capace di trasmettere con crudo realismo le esperienze di una bambina afroamericana alle prese con la discriminazione razziale, la povertà e il trauma.

La giovane Maya ci accompagna in un viaggio attraverso la sua infanzia, divisa tra la Stamps rurale e l'Arkansas urbano. Affronta con coraggio e resilienza le sfide di una società dominata dal razzismo, subendo umiliazioni e soprusi che forgeranno il suo carattere. Nonostante le avversità, Maya trova rifugio nella forza della famiglia, nella bellezza della natura e nel potere salvifico della parola. La sua passione per la poesia e la letteratura le offre la chiave per emanciparsi e trovare la sua voce.

Il libro non è solo un racconto di sofferenza, ma anche una celebrazione della speranza e della tenacia dello spirito umano. Maya Angelou ci mostra come l'amore, la compassione e la forza di volontà possono permettere di superare anche le barriere più insormontabili. "Io so perché canta l'uccello in gabbia" è un'opera fondamentale per comprendere la storia afroamericana e le lotte per la giustizia sociale. È un libro che ci invita a riflettere sul tema della discriminazione e a coltivare l'empatia verso le esperienze altrui.

Consiglio vivamente la lettura di questo libro a tutti, non solo agli appassionati di letteratura afroamericana. È una storia toccante e universale che ci insegna il valore della libertà, dell'uguaglianza e della dignità umana.

Scrittura poetica e coinvolgente
Racconto vivido e realistico
Tematiche importanti e di grande attualità
Lo stesso personaggio di Maya Angelou è forte e ispiratore

Alcune scene possono risultare crude e disturbanti
La struttura narrativa non è sempre lineare

"Io so perché canta l'uccello in gabbia" è un libro potente e indimenticabile che merita di essere letto e riletto. Alcune citazioni:

Sulla libertà:

"L'uccello in gabbia canta perché ha un'anima libera."
"Non c'è agonia come quella di una gabbia che imprigiona l'anima."
"La libertà è preziosa come l'aria che respiriamo."
Sulla discriminazione:

"Gli occhi degli altri sono come gabbie. Ti guardano e ti definiscono."
"Il razzismo è come una malattia che infetta tutti, neri e bianchi."
"Dobbiamo abbattere le barriere del razzismo e costruire ponti di comprensione."
Sulla speranza:

"Anche se la gabbia è buia, la speranza può illuminarla."
"La forza di volontà può superare qualsiasi ostacolo."
"Dobbiamo continuare a lottare per un futuro migliore, per noi stessi e per le generazioni future."

Sulla forza della parola:

"Le parole possono essere come armi o come piume."
"La poesia è la mia voce, il mio modo di esprimere la mia anima."
"Le parole possono cambiare il mondo."


"L'amore è la forza più potente che esista."
"L'amore può superare qualsiasi odio."
"L'amore è la chiave per la felicità."

La scrittura di Maya Angelou è ricca di immagini evocative e di messaggi profondi che rimangono impressi nella mente del lettore.
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AntonioGallo | 225 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 4, 2024 |
We the reader are let into the incredible story of the childhood of Maya Angelou. It is a heart wrenching story yet not sad because Maya writes with such love and understanding and dignity. I learned what it is like to be female and black in a small southern town. A powerful memoir.
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Smits | 225 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 1, 2024 |
It was an interesting read, not what I thought it would be, and not as compelling as I’d presumed based on what I’d heard about it.

Well-written but a little too rambling and untethered to any kind of compelling story. As it’s not a story, but a person remembering their life, in their own words, I guess that is to be expected.
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73pctGeek | 225 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 5, 2024 |
A powerful autobiography by one of America's true icons.
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ben_r47 | 225 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 22, 2024 |


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