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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: 4.22 · 437,494 ratings · 15,574 reviews · 152 distinct worksSimilar authors
I Know Why the Caged Bird S...

4.21 avg rating — 326,041 ratings — published 1969 — 47 editions
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The Heart of a Woman

4.20 avg rating — 17,993 ratings — published 1981 — 33 editions
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Mom & Me & Mom

4.17 avg rating — 14,126 ratings — published 2014 — 21 editions
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Letter to My Daughter

4.10 avg rating — 13,437 ratings — published 2008 — 28 editions
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Gather Together in My Name

4.27 avg rating — 10,106 ratings — published 1974 — 31 editions
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The Complete Collected Poems

4.41 avg rating — 7,785 ratings — published 1986 — 12 editions
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Wouldn't Take Nothing for M...

4.26 avg rating — 7,749 ratings — published 1993 — 23 editions
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Singin' and Swingin' and Ge...

4.22 avg rating — 5,713 ratings — published 1976 — 23 editions
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Phenomenal Woman: Four Poem...

4.56 avg rating — 4,104 ratings — published 1995 — 7 editions
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All God's Children Need Tra...

4.24 avg rating — 4,843 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

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November 2016 New School Classic Poll

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 343 pages, 1965
 
  40 votes, 14.7%

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, 352 pages, 1951
 
  36 votes, 13.2%

 
  29 votes, 10.6%

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, 211 pages, 1962
 
  29 votes, 10.6%

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, 192 pages, 1967
 
  28 votes, 10.3%

 
  26 votes, 9.5%

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys , 171 pages, 1966
 
  20 votes, 7.3%

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, 706 pgs, 1924
 
  19 votes, 7.0%

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pgs, 1996
 
  18 votes, 6.6%

Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry, 397 pgs, 1947
 
  15 votes, 5.5%

 
  13 votes, 4.8%

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