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Maya Angelou (1928–2014)

Auteur de Je sais pourquoi chante l'oiseau en cage

116+ oeuvres 34,873 utilisateurs 519 critiques 118 Favoris

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Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. At the age of 16, she became not only the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco but the first woman conductor. In the mid-1950s, she toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. In afficher plus 1957, she recorded her first album, Calypso Lady. In 1958, she became a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and played a queen in The Blacks, an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet. In 1960, she moved to Cairo, where she edited The Arab Observer, an English-language weekly newspaper. The following year, she went to Ghana where she was features editor of The African Review and taught music and drama at the University of Ghana. In 1964, she moved back to the U.S. to become a civil rights activist by helping Malcolm X build his new coalition, the Organization of African American Unity, and became the northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Even though she never went to college, she taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. In 1993, she became only the second poet in United States history to write and recite an original poem at a Presidential Inauguration when she read On the Pulse of Morning at President Bill Clinton's Inauguration Ceremony. She wrote numerous books during her lifetime including: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and Mom and Me and Mom. In 2011, President Barack Obama gave her the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, for her collected works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She appeared in the movie Roots and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1977 for her role in the movie. She also played a part in the movie, How to Make an American Quilt and wrote and produced Afro-Americans in the Arts, a PBS special for which she received a Golden Eagle Award. She was a three-time Grammy winner. She died on May 28, 2014 at the age of 86. (Bowker Author Biography) afficher moins


Œuvres de Maya Angelou

Je sais pourquoi chante l'oiseau en cage (1969) 14,858 exemplaires
Tant que je serai noire (1981) 2,505 exemplaires
Gather Together in My Name (1974) 1,500 exemplaires
Letter to My Daughter (2008) 1,213 exemplaires
Un billet d'avion pour l'Afrique (1986) 1,182 exemplaires
Maya Angelou: Poems (1986) 1,037 exemplaires
Even the Stars Look Lonesome (1997) 772 exemplaires
Mom & Me & Mom (2013) 657 exemplaires
A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002) 649 exemplaires
Life Doesn't Frighten Me (1993) 544 exemplaires
And Still I Rise (1978) 529 exemplaires
On the Pulse of Morning (1993) 458 exemplaires
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem (2005) 418 exemplaires
I Shall Not Be Moved (1990) — Auteur — 345 exemplaires
The Poetry of Maya Angelou (1990) 139 exemplaires
Kofi and His Magic (1996) 109 exemplaires
Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me (2006) 94 exemplaires
Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987) 81 exemplaires
A Brave and Startling Truth (1995) 69 exemplaires
Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? (1983) 61 exemplaires
Love's Exquisite Freedom (1900) 17 exemplaires
Elder Grace: The Nobility of Aging (2000) 16 exemplaires
Maya Angelou Poetry Collection (1999) 12 exemplaires
Our Grandmothers 6 exemplaires
Maya Angelou 5 exemplaires
Down in the Delta (1999) 4 exemplaires
Phänomenale Frauen (2020) 4 exemplaires
Lady B (2014) 3 exemplaires
La vie ne me fait pas peur (2018) 3 exemplaires
Et pourtant je m'élève (2022) 2 exemplaires
Encontraos en mi nombre (2000) 2 exemplaires
The aristocrat 2 exemplaires
Graduation (Tale Blazers) (1989) 2 exemplaires
KADIN KALBİ 2 exemplaires
Maya Angelou 4C box set (2002) 2 exemplaires
They Came to Stay 1 exemplaire
Touched By An Angel 1 exemplaire
The Runaway 1 exemplaire
Angelou, Maya Archive 1 exemplaire
En toch heradem ik 1 exemplaire

Oeuvres associées

Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography (1942) — Introduction, quelques éditions1,372 exemplaires
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Contributeur — 780 exemplaires
Not Without Laughter (1930) — Introduction, quelques éditions646 exemplaires
Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study (1992) — Contributeur — 516 exemplaires
Written by Herself, Volume I: Autobiographies of American Women (1992) — Contributeur — 429 exemplaires
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contributeur — 409 exemplaires
God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1900) — Introduction, quelques éditions390 exemplaires
I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America (1989) — Avant-propos — 382 exemplaires
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Contributeur — 372 exemplaires
High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America (2011) — Avant-propos — 301 exemplaires
Soul Looks Back in Wonder (1993) — Contributeur — 206 exemplaires
The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature (1999) — Contributeur — 179 exemplaires
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Contributeur — 176 exemplaires
Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats (2000) — Avant-propos — 167 exemplaires
Growing Up in the South: An Anthology of Modern Southern Literature (1991) — Contributeur — 142 exemplaires
Black Women Writers at Work (1983) — Contributeur — 129 exemplaires
All the Colors of the Race (1982) — Narrateur, quelques éditions120 exemplaires
Racines, une production de David L. Wolper (1977) — Actor — 99 exemplaires
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contributeur — 98 exemplaires
Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry (2020) — Contributeur — 94 exemplaires
Who Do You Think You Are?: Stories of Friends and Enemies (1993) — Contributeur — 94 exemplaires
Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement (2001) — Contributeur — 92 exemplaires
Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters (1991) — Avant-propos — 89 exemplaires
Read and Rise (2006) — Avant-propos — 86 exemplaires
The Virago Book of Wicked Verse (1992) — Contributeur — 82 exemplaires
Mary Ellen Mark: An American Odyssey 1963-1999 (1999) — Contributeur — 81 exemplaires
Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation (1984) — Contributeur — 79 exemplaires
Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor (1657) — Contributeur — 77 exemplaires
Best Food Writing 2000 (2000) — Contributeur — 60 exemplaires
African Canvas: The Art of West African Women (1990) — Avant-propos, quelques éditions59 exemplaires
Trouble the water : 250 years of African-American poetry (1997) — Contributeur — 56 exemplaires
A Virago Keepsake to Celebrate Twenty Years of Publishing (1993) — Contributeur — 48 exemplaires
Facing Evil: Light at the Core of Darkness (1988) — Contributeur — 48 exemplaires
Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry (1994) — Contributeur — 46 exemplaires
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Contributeur — 33 exemplaires
In My Mother's Kitchen: 25 Writers on Love, Cooking, and Family (2006) — Contributeur — 33 exemplaires
African American Lives [2006 TV episode] (2004) — Narrateur — 31 exemplaires
Virago Is 40 (2013) — Contributeur — 31 exemplaires
Women: A World Report (1985) — Contributeur — 30 exemplaires
Hot and Cool: Jazz Short Stories (1990) — Contributeur — 30 exemplaires
Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women (1983) — Contributeur — 22 exemplaires
Go Girl! The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure (1997) — Contributeur — 20 exemplaires
Elmo Saves Christmas [1996 film] (2009) — Actor — 19 exemplaires
Keeping The Faith: African American Sermons Of Liberation (2002) — Introduction — 18 exemplaires
Bright Poems for Dark Days: An Anthology for Hope (2021) — Contributeur — 10 exemplaires
Harlem: Voices from the Soul of Black America (1970) — Contributeur — 10 exemplaires
Bittersweet (1998) — Contributeur — 10 exemplaires
Shall We Dance? (2008) — Avant-propos — 8 exemplaires
America Beyond the Color Line [2002 TV series] (2003) — Narrateur — 8 exemplaires
Discovering the Other America: Radical Voices from the 1980s (2012) — Contributeur — 2 exemplaires
Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work — Narrateur, quelques éditions2 exemplaires


Partage des connaissances

Nom canonique
Angelou, Maya
Nom légal
Johnson, Marguerite Ann
Autres noms
Angelou, Maya
Date de naissance
Date de décès
Pays (pour la carte)
Lieu de naissance
St. Louis, Missouri, VS
Lieu du décès
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, VS
Lieux de résidence
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Stamps, Arkansas, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
New York, New York, USA
Sonoma, California, USA
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
George Washington High School, San Francisco
California Labor School, San Francisco
Reynolds Professorship of American Studies, Wake Forest University (tout afficher 8)
Johnson, Guy (son)
Wake Forest University
Prix et distinctions
Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature (1999)
National Medal of Arts (2000)
Grammy, Best Spoken Word Album (1993 ∙ 1995 ∙ 2002)
NAACP Spingarn Medal (1994)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2011)
Coretta Scott King Award (1971) (tout afficher 39)
North Carolina Award in Literature (1987)
Golden Plate Award (1990)
Candace Award (1990)
Langston Hughes Medal (1991)
Horatio Alger Award (1992)
Distinguished Woman of North Carolina Award (1992)
Crystal Award (1992)
Crystal Award (1992)
Inauguration Poet (1993)
Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (1993)
Rollins College Walk of Fame (1994)
Frank G. Wells American Teachers Award (1995)
Homecoming Award (1997)
NAACP Image Award (1998 ∙ 2005 ∙ 2009)
Alston-Jones International Civil & Human Rights Award (1998)
National Women's Hall of Fame (1998)
Christopher Award (1999)
Shelia Award (1999)
EMMA Lifetime Achievement Award (2002)
Charles Evans Hughes Award (2004)
Mother Teresa Award (2006)
Martha Parker Legacy Award (2007)
Voice of Peace Award (2008)
Gracie Award (2008)
Marian Anderson Award (2008)
Lincoln Medal (2008)
ALA Literary Award (2009)
Black Cultural Society Award (2012)
Literarian Award (2013)
Norman Mailer Prize (2013)
Conference of Minority Transportation Officials Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
Ladies' Home Journal "Woman of the Year in Communication" Award (1976)
Matrix Award (1983)
Courte biographie
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



Maya Angelou's Library à Legacy Libraries (Août 2015)


L'écriture est belle, mais ce roman biographique est déconcertant tellement la jeune femme qu'a été Maya Angelou est naïve, jusqu'à la bêtise. C'est comme ça que je l'ai ressenti, et ça m'a gâché la lecture, me posant toujours la question de savoir si l'auteure forçait le trait pour paraître aussi crédule face à des hommes qui la menait en bateau...
pangee | 16 autres critiques | Apr 17, 2023 |
Un très émouvant et fort témoignage de la vie de l'auteur, femme noire, autrice militante dans les années 60 aux Etats-Unis. Cette autobiographie retrace son parcours depuis son enfance jusqu'à ses 17 ans. Née en Californie, ses parents ne s'occupent pas d'elle ni de son petit frère Bailey. Ils sont donc emmenés chez leur grand-mère, "Momma" qui habite dans le Sud conservateur, en Géorgie, où le raciste est une réalité permanente. A l'âge de 7 ans elle retourne vivre avec sa mère et son compagnon ; elle sera violée par lui. Elle retourne alors chez sa grand-mère qui prendra soin d'elle malgré une certaine rigidité. Sa rencontre avec une femme lettrée, qui l'encouragera à lire et à étudier, à gagner sa liberté. De tout ça elle tirera une force inouïe, travaillera grâce à sa farouche volonté, et deviendra une grande écrivaine et militante pour les droits des femmes afro-américaines. Magnifique !… (plus d'informations)
fiestalire | 223 autres critiques | Mar 17, 2021 |
> Je reprendrais bien un peu de rêve de Maya ANGELOU (Traduit de l’américain par Ph. Bonnet et D. Lemann, Hachette littérature)
Se reporter au compte rendu de Michèle GAZIER
In: Revue Esprit Nouvelle série, No. 45 (9) (Septembre 1980), pp. 175-176… ; (en ligne),
URL : rel="nofollow" target="_top">… (plus d'informations)
Joop-le-philosophe | Oct 3, 2020 |


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