Titles In The Set:
1. And Still I Rise
2. Mom and Me and Mom
3. The Heart Of A Woman
4. A Song Flung Up to Heaven
5. All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes
6. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
7. Gather Together In My Name
8. Singin' & Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas
9. Letter to My DaughterDescription:And Still I Rise
Maya Angelou's poetry - lyrical and dramatic, exuberant and playful - speaks of love, longing, partings; of Saturday night partying, and the smells and sounds of Southern cities; of freedom and shattered dreams. The caged bird sings / with a fearful trill / of things unknown /but longed for still/ and his tune is heard / on the distant hill / for the caged bird / sings of freedom.' Of her poetry Kirkus Reviews has written, It is just as much a part of her autobiography as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and the volumes that follow.'Mom and Me and Mom
Maya Angelou's seven volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer.
Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope and joy, achievement and celebration. In this, her seventh and final volume - written the year before she died - she reveals, with honesty and courage, the story of her ultimately rewarding relationship with the mother who sent the three-year old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas.The Heart Of A Woman
The fourth volume of her enthralling autobiography finds Maya Angelou immersed in the world of black writers and artists in Harlem, working in the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King.
'She has a great capacity for love, to give, and receive it' Margaret BusbyA Song Flung Up to Heaven
It is 1964 and Maya Angelou is on her way back home, leaving behind her beloved - and now seriously teenage - son Guy, to finish university in Ghana. America is pulsing with the challenge of change, the civil rights movement is in full swing and that's where Maya Angelou wants to be, working alongside her friends Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.
In this marvellous account, Maya Angelou provides, with her customary wisdom, compassion and wit, a first-hand record of an extraordinarily exciting and tragic political period. She writes of 'Jimmy' Baldwin, Eldridge Cleaver, and of friends and family, and finishes with the beginnings of her career as one of America's most impressive memoir writers.All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes
Maya Angelou emigrates to Ghana only to discover that 'you can't go home again' but she comes to a new awareness of love and friendship, civil rights and slavery - and the myth of mother Africa.I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination, violence and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration.Gather Together In My Name
In the sequel to her best-selling I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou is a young mother in California, unemployed, embarking on brief affairs and transient jobs in shops and night-clubs, turning to prostitution and the world of narcotics. Singin' & Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas
In this marvellous volume, music and her son are the focus of Maya Angelou's life. She is on the edge of a new world: marriage, show business and a triumphant tour of 'Porgy and Bess'. Letter to My Daughter
Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight.
Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons in compassion and fortitude: how she was brought up by her indomitable grandmother in segregated Arkansas, taken in at thirteen by her more worldly and less religious mother, and grew to be an awkward, six-foot-tall teenager whose first experience of loveless sex paradoxically left her with her greatest gift, a son.
Whether she is recalling such lost friends as Coretta Scott King and Ossie Davis, extolling honesty, decrying vulgarity, explaining why becoming a Christian is a 'lifelong endeavor,' or simply singing the praises of a meal of red rice-Maya Angelou writes from the heart to millions of women she considers her extended family.
Like the rest of her remarkable work, Letter to My Daughter entertains and teaches; it is a book to cherish, savor, re-read, and share.
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