Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, and Mother. Maya Angelou died in 2014.
"Remarkable . . . a great lady moving right on through a great
"Maya Angelou has . . . achieved a kind of literary breakthrough
which few writers of any time, place, or race achieve. . . . What
makes [her] writing unique is . . . a melding of unconcerned
honesty, consummate craft, and perfect descriptive pitch, yielding
a rare compound of great emotional force and authenticity."
-The Washington Post Book World
"To say that Angelou is a living legend is in no way an exaggeration. [She is] one of the great voices of contemporary literature."
-The Voice "Angelou is one of the geniuses of the Afro-American serial autobiography."
-The New York Times "A uniquely gifted wordsmith and storyteller."
-The San Diego Union-Tribune