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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.

Born Marguerite Annie Johnson
April 4, 1928
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died May 28, 2014 (aged 86)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Author, poet, civil rights activist
Language English
Ethnicity African American
Period 1969–2014
Genre Autobiography
Notable works
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • On the Pulse of Morning
  • Tosh Angelos (1951–54, div.)
  • Paul du Feu (1973–81, div.)

Maya Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.