From the publication of her first book in 1969 to her death in 2014, Maya Angelou thrilled the world with her essays, poetry and memoirs. Rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a civil rights activist and one of the most powerful voices of a generation. In the must-have collection you will find the first two books of her magnificent life alongside a volume of her most playful and lyrical poetry.
Beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou chronicles her early life as she transforms from a victim of racism with an inferiority complex into a self-possessed, dignified young woman capable of responding to prejudice. Gather Together in My Name depicts Maya's life as a single mother as she slides down the social ladder into poverty and crime. And Still I Rise is a collection of Maya Angelou's poetry with a central theme of hopeful determination to rise above difficulty and discouragement.
A phenomenal talent, if you're yet to read any of the works of Maya Angelou, we urge you to read the books we have hand-picked for this collection. We promise you won't be disappointed.
I don't know why I chose this collection. I'm middle class, middle aged, middle England, male and white; I distrust worthy literature, and perhaps most important of all, I've got no idea who Maya Angelou is. OK, so it was a bargain, and I can't resist a bargain, but I was also curious, the attraction of opposites, an opportunity to glimpse life as black girl growing up in the southern States around 70 years ago.
'I know why the caged bird sings' is about love, hate, rape, murder, poverty, religion, community, and racial prejudice. It is full of great characters, interesting events, words of wisdom, and though it all, the easy rhythm of Maya Angelou unravelling her past. It's not just an autobiography, it's a story, a fabulous story, a real page-turner, and when you get to the end, you've got 'Gather together in my name' to look forward to.