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Apr 03, 2019 |
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Written in 1969 by American author Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the first of six memoirs that she wrote about her life. Angelou’s work is a great showcase of the difference between an autobiography, which factually recounts the events of a person’s life, and a memoir, which is a truthful but creative retelling of a specific time or sequence of events.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings tells Angelou’s story from ages three to sixteen. While it does recount the events of her life during that time, it’s also a beautiful piece of creative literature, and masterfully incorporates the themes of identity, racism, and sexual politics in mid-century America.

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