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I know why the caged bird sings

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This edition was published in in New York : Bantam Books.

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246 pages

She was born Marguerite, but her brother Bailey nicknamed her Maya ("mine"). As little children they were sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Their early world revolved around this remarkable woman and the Store she ran for the black community. White people were more than strangers - they were from another planet. And yet, even unseen they ruled.

The Store was a microcosm of life: its orderly pattern was a comfort, even among the meanest frustrations. But then came the intruders - first in the form of taunting poorwhite children who were bested only by the grandmother's dignity. But as the awful, unfathomable mystery of prejudice intruded, so did the unexpected joy of a surprise visit by Daddy, the sinful joy of going to Church, the disappointments of a Depression Christmas.

A visit to St. Louis and the Most Beautiful Mother in the World ended in tragedy - rape. Thereafter Maya refused to speak, except to the person closest to her, Bailey. Eventually, Maya and Bailey followed their mother to California. There, the formative phase of her life (as well as this book) comes to a close with the painful discovery of the true nature of her father, the emergence of a hard-won independence and - perhaps most important - a baby, born out of wedlock, loved and kept.

Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, and charged with the unforgetable emotion of remembered anguish and love - this remarkable autobiography by an equally remarkable black girl from Arkansas captures, indelibly, a world of which most Americans are shamefully ignorant.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
2015, Random House
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
2015, Little, Brown Book Group Limited
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Library Edition
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
April 21, 2009, Ballantine Books
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
2009, Random House Publishing Group
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
2008, Pearson Education, Limited
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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I know why the caged bird sings
2002, Random House
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
October 1999, Tandem Library
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
1997-06, Bantam
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
1997-06, Bantam Books
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
July 1, 1996, Random House
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Abridged Audio Edition)
September 3, 1996, Random House Audio
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
February 22, 1995, Heinemann Educational Publishers
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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1993, Bantam Books
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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1993, Bantam Books
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1993, Book-of-the-Month Club
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I know why the caged bird sings.
1991, Accent Educational
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January 1, 1991, Klett
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I know why the caged bird sings
1988, Hutchinson
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I know why the caged bird sings
1988, Bantam Books
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
December 1988, Nelson Thornes Ltd
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April 12, 1987, Random House Audio
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
March 12, 1986, Random House Audio
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
1985-12, Bantam
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
October 1985, G K Hall & Co
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
May 1983, Bantam Books
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
April 1, 1983, Bantam
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
June 1983, Bantam Books
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
June 1982, Ballantine Books (P)
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I know why the caged bird sings
1980-02, Bantam Books
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
1980, Bantam Books
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
January 1978, Perfection Learning Prebound
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
July 1, 1978, Bantam Books
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I know why the caged bird sings.
1973, Random House
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
1973, Random House
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I know why the caged bird sings
1971
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I know why the caged bird sings
1971, Bantam Books
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1969, Random House
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She was born Marguerite, but her brother Bailey nicknamed her Maya ("mine"). As little children they were sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Their early world revolved around this remarkable woman and the Store she ran for the black community. White people were more than strangers - they were from another planet. And yet, even unseen they ruled.

The Store was a microcosm of life: its orderly pattern was a comfort, even among the meanest frustrations. But then came the intruders - first in the form of taunting poorwhite children who were bested only by the grandmother's dignity. But as the awful, unfathomable mystery of prejudice intruded, so did the unexpected joy of a surprise visit by Daddy, the sinful joy of going to Church, the disappointments of a Depression Christmas.

A visit to St. Louis and the Most Beautiful Mother in the World ended in tragedy - rape. Thereafter Maya refused to speak, except to the person closest to her, Bailey. Eventually, Maya and Bailey followed their mother to California. There, the formative phase of her life (as well as this book) comes to a close with the painful discovery of the true nature of her father, the emergence of a hard-won independence and - perhaps most important - a baby, born out of wedlock, loved and kept.

Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, and charged with the unforgetable emotion of remembered anguish and love - this remarkable autobiography by an equally remarkable black girl from Arkansas captures, indelibly, a world of which most Americans are shamefully ignorant.

I know why the caged bird sings

This edition was published in in New York : Bantam Books.


Edition Notes

"Bantam edition / March 1971"--t.p. verso

Autobiography

Classifications

Library of Congress
PS3551.N464 Z466 1970

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Open Library
OL18012481M
Internet Archive
iknowwhycagedbir0000ange
ISBN 10
0553279378
LC Control Number
73085598
Library Thing
5134
Goodreads
13214

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