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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I Know Why the Caged Bird S...

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The Heart of a Woman

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Mom & Me & Mom

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Letter to My Daughter

4.09 avg rating — 12,928 ratings — published 2008 — 28 editions
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Gather Together in My Name

4.27 avg rating — 9,742 ratings — published 1974 — 29 editions
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The Complete Collected Poems

4.41 avg rating — 7,660 ratings — published 1986 — 12 editions
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Wouldn't Take Nothing for M...

4.26 avg rating — 7,609 ratings — published 1993 — 22 editions
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Singin' and Swingin' and Ge...

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Phenomenal Woman: Four Poem...

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All God's Children Need Tra...

4.24 avg rating — 4,715 ratings — published 1986 — 22 editions
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“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

Polls

October 2014 New School Poll

 
  26 votes, 20.2%

1925, The Trial by Franz Kafka, pages 276
 
  21 votes, 16.3%

 
  12 votes, 9.3%

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, pages 305
 
  10 votes, 7.8%

 
  9 votes, 7.0%

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  8 votes, 6.2%

 
  7 votes, 5.4%

1966, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, pages 311
 
  7 votes, 5.4%

 
  5 votes, 3.9%

 
  5 votes, 3.9%

1952, The Birds by Daphne du Maurier, pages 75
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

1974, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, pages 336
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

1957, The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, pages 220
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

 
  2 votes, 1.6%

 
  2 votes, 1.6%

 
  2 votes, 1.6%

1980. Aztec by Gary Jennings, pages 754
 
  1 vote, 0.8%

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

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