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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 11,952 copies, 184 reviews
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Letter to My Daughter 913 copies, 26 reviews
Maya Angelou: Poems 845 copies, 6 reviews
Even the Stars Look Lonesome 642 copies, 2 reviews
A Song Flung Up to Heaven 543 copies, 5 reviews
Mom & Me & Mom 501 copies, 45 reviews
And Still I Rise 426 copies, 14 reviews
On the Pulse of Morning 389 copies, 5 reviews
Life Doesn't Frighten Me 374 copies, 19 reviews
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem 306 copies, 9 reviews
I Shall Not Be Moved (Author) 286 copies, 4 reviews
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Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me 77 copies, 4 reviews
Now Sheba Sings the Song 70 copies, 1 review
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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
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