I Know why the Caged Bird Sings

Author: Maya Angelou

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

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A black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Author: Imelda Pilgrim,Maya Angelou

Publisher: Longman Group

ISBN: 9780582368316

Category: American literature

Page: 96

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Key features of this text: How to study the text Author and historical background General and detailed summaries Commentary on themes, structure, characters, language and style Glossaries Test questions and issues to consider Essay writing advice Cultural connections Literary terms Illustrations Colour design

Maya Angelou's I Know why the Caged Bird Sings

Author: Joanne M. Braxton,Maya Angelou

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195116062

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

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With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these works that have so recently become central components of the American literature curriculum. Each casebook will reprint documents relating to the work's historical context and reception, present the best in critical essays, and when possible, feature an interview of the author. The series will provide, for the first time, an accessible forum in which readers can come to a fuller understanding of these contemporary masterpieces and the unique aspects of American ethnic, racial, or cultural experience that they so ably portray. Perhaps more than any other single text, Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings helped to establish the "mainstream" status of the renaissance in black women's writing. This casebook presents a variety of critical approaches to this classic autobiography, along with an exclusive interview with Angelou conducted specially for this volume and a unique drawing of her childhood surroundings in Stamps, Arkansas, drawn by the Angelou herself.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (MAXNotes Literature Guides)

Author: Anita Price Davis

Publisher: Research & Education Assoc.

ISBN: 9780738673455

Category: Study Aids

Page: 138

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REA's MAXnotes for Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each chapter is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Author: Maya Angelou

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588369250

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”—James Baldwin

Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Author: Harold Bloom,Sterling Professor of Humanities Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 160413187X

Category: African American authors

Page: 151

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Presents a collection of essays analyzing Angelou's story, I know why the caged bird sings. Also includes a chronology of events in the author's life.

CliffsNotes on Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Author: Mary Robinson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544182138

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 38

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. Piqued by a dare, Angelou wrote this first book as an exercise in autobiography as art—and succeeded. Her novel is a story of the difficulties of black women and the eventual victory of spirit that comes from being a soulful fighter. CliffsNotes on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings helps you explore this tale of rebirth, self-worth, and dignity. This concise supplement helps you understand the overall structure of the novel, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author. Features that help you study include A close look at the author's life which offers insight into her writing A list of characters and their descriptions Summaries and commentaries, chapter by chapter Critical assessments of the novel and the television movie adaptation Glossaries to help you fully understand the novel Critical essays on women in the novel and Southern Fundamentalism A review section that tests your knowledge, and suggested essay topics Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Maya Angelou's I Know why the Caged Bird Sings

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0791075621

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 101

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Includes a brief biography of Maya Angelou, thematic and structural analysis of the work, critical views, and an index of themes and ideas.

Banned in the U.S.A.

Author: Herbert N. Foerstel

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313311666

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

View: 3625


Looks at censorship in American schools and libraries, and includes a section of the fifty most banned books from 1996 through 2000, including newcomer Harry Potter.