Angelou, Maya: Further Reading

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Gerry, Thomas M. F. Contemporary Canadian and U.S. Women of Letters: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1993, 287 p.

Bibliography of North American women writers.


Lisandrelli, Elaine Slivinski. Maya Angelou: More Than a Poet. Springfield, N.J.: Enslow Publishers, 1996, 128 p.

Biography of Angelou with lengthy bibliographical index.


Braxton, Joanne M., ed. Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Casebook. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999, 162 p.

Collection of critical essays on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Burr, Zofia. "Maya Angelou on the Inaugural Stage." In Of Women, Poetry, and Power: Strategies of Address in Dickinson, Miles, Brooks, Lorde, and Angelou, pp. 180-94, 219-21. Chicago, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 2002.

Comparison of Robert Frost's reading of his poem "The Gift Outright" at President Kennedy's 1961 inauguration to Angelou's reading of "On the Pulse of Morning" at Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration.

Kent, George E. "Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Black Autobiographical Tradition." Kansas Quarterly 7, no. 3 (summer 1975): 72-8.

Argues that I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings occupies a unique place within the African American autobiographical tradition.

Lupton, Mary Jane. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. "In Maya Angelou: A Critical Companion, pp. 51-73. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1998.

Explores the thematic and stylistic aspects of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

McPherson, Dolly A. Order out of Chaos: The Autobiographical Works of Maya Angelou. New York: Peter Lang, 1990, 176 p.

Examines the major thematic concerns in Angelou's autobiographical novels.

Megna-Wallace, Joanne. Understanding I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998, 189 p.

Collection of essays placing Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings within political, historical, and literary contexts.

Miller, Adam David. Review of The Heart of a Woman. Black Scholar 13, nos. 4/5 (summer 1982): 48-9.

Positive review praising Angelou's storytelling abilities, characterizations, insights, and conclusions in The Heart of a Woman.

O'Neale, Sondra. "Reconstruction of the Composite Self: New Images of Black Women in Maya Angelou's Continuing Autobiography." In Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation, edited by Mari Evans, pp. 25-36. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1984.

Provides examination of black American female stereotypes and Angelou's development of new images for black women in her autobiographies.

Vermillion, Mary. "Reembodying the Self: Representations of Rape in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. "In Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings : A Casebook, edited by Joanne M. Braxton, pp. 51-73. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Explores the parallels between Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.


Additional coverage of Angelou's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: American Writers Supplement, Vol. 4; Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vols. 7, 20; Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction: Biography & Resources, Vol. 1; Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults, Vol. 2; Black Literature Criticism; Black Writers, Ed. 2; Children's Literature Review, Vol. 53; Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography Supplement; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 65-68; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 19, 42, 65; Contemporary Poets; Contemporary Popular Writers; Contemporary Southern Writers; Contemporary Women Poets; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 38; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors: British Edition; DISCovering Authors: Canadian Edition; DISCovering Authors Modules: Most-Studied Authors, Multicultural, Poets, and Popular Fiction and Genre Authors; DISCovering Authors 3.0; Exploring Novels; Exploring Poetry; Literature and Its Times, Vol. 4; Literature Resource Center; Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults Supplement; Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Modern American Women Writers; Nonfiction Classics for Students; Novels for Students, Vol. 2; Poetry Criticism, Vol. 32; Poetry for Students, Vols. 2, 3; Reference Guide to American Literature; Reference Guide to Short Fiction; St. James Guide to Young Adult Writers; Something About the Author, Vol. 49; World Literature Criticism Supplement; and Writers for Young Adults.

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