Memoirist, novelist, poet, and dramatist, Maya Angelou is one of
the best-loved writers of our time. She is widely
acclaimed for her searing, inspiring writings--and she has been
praised for confronting both the racial and sexual pressures on
black women, and for infusing her work with a perspective on larger
social and political movements, including civil rights.
In the volumes of her bestselling personal story--one of the most
remarkable narratives ever shared--Maya Angelou writes about the
struggles and triumphs of her extraordinary life with candor,
humor, poignancy, and grace. These include:
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The classic autobiography of her young years.
Gather Together In My Name
The coming-of-age story of her struggle for survival as a young
Singin'' and Swingin'' and Gettin'' Merry Like
The saga of her show business career, her failed marriage, and her
The Heart of a Woman
The turbulent story of her emergence as a writer and a political
Wouldn''t Take Nothing For My Journey Now
Her exhilarating collection of wisdom, spirituality, and life
1. What is the significance of Maya quitting show business to
become a civil rights activist?
2. Maya''s husband Make is a freedom fighter--yet he treats Maya
as a possession. Why do you think Maya stays with him? Do you think
Make sees his own hypocrisy, and why or why not?
3. When approached by a friendly stranger, Maya''s mother
remarks, "He''s colored and I''m colored, but we are not cousins."
What episodes in the memoir might evoke the same response from
4. The memoir concludes with a poignant scene, as Guy bids
farewell to Maya before he goes to college. Guy is
characteristically wise, brave, and mature for his years. What do
his parting words say about his perceived role in their
relationship? How has Maya''s role changed?