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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. by  Maya Angelou - Signed First Edition - 1969 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 129843)

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

by Angelou, Maya

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New York: Random House, 1969. First edition of Angelou's critically acclaimed first book. Octavo, original first issue book, with the top edge stained red. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Roland, Joy! Maya Angelou." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. An exceptional example. "This testimony from a black sister marks the beginning of a new era in the minds and hearts of all black men and women... I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity. I have no words for this achievement, but I know that not since the days of my childhood, when the people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself so moved... Her portrait is a biblical study in life in the midst of death" (James Baldwin). Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century and by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 non-fiction books written in English since 1923.

Synopsis

Titled after a stanza from Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy,” I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the first of a series of seven autobiographical novels by African-American poet and writer Maya Angelou. Personally deeply involved and affected by the civil rights movement, the volume explores racism and identity in her early life.   I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was nominated for the National Book Award in 1970. However, due to its depiction of controversial subjects such as sexuality, lesbianism and rape, the use of the novel in classrooms has been frequently challenged.

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book dealer
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
129843
Title
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.
Author
Angelou, Maya
Book condition
second hand
Publisher
Random House
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1969
Keywords
I Know Why the Caged Birds Sings Signed First Edition, Maya Angelou Signed First Edition, signed, Southern Literature
Bookseller catalogs
Biography and Autobiography;

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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