I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou


When talking about racial discrimination and "growth" as the subject of literary masterpieces, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will be the first book that comes to our mind.

Nowadays, the black women in the United States have escaped the era of slavery, and even the skin of the president of the United States is black. However, Maya Angelou's novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is still selling well. Because although the worst years of enslavement and oppression of black people have passed, the evils of human beings, such as bullying, discrimination, prejudice, and selfishness, and more subtle psychology than evil, will always exist. In the post, we will introduce the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings book which can help you better understand this book.

1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Summary

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a 1969 autobiography describing the early years of American writer and poet Maya Angelou. This book is the first of seven autobiographies by Maya Angelou. It is also one of her most famous and important books. In its second year of publication, it was nominated for the National Book Award and recommended by many celebrities including the President of the United States.

This book is the autobiography of Maya Angelou. In this book, Maya Angelo recalled her growing up in the southern town of Stamps and California in the 1930s and 1940s. From the age of three to seventeen, Maya not only had to fight against insecurity, but also faced a series of heartbreaking challenges such as racism, sexual harassment, and rape, which affected her life. In the end, she realized that loving herself, treating others kindly, becoming strong, and reading great works are the keys to free herself and open her heart. The "Caged Bird" symbolizes her desire for freedom in the confinement of the social system.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

2. About Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is a black American woman writer, poet, screenwriter, singer, actor, and an active human rights activist. She was born on April 4, 1928, and spent her childhood in Staples, Arkansas. Finally, she moved to San Francisco. In 1993, at the inauguration of President Clinton, she was invited to recite her poem On the Pulse of Morning and became a celebrity. She has written many poems, autobiography, and plays. It was her autobiography that Maya Angelou had a huge influence on American literature.

Maya Angelou has written seven autobiographies. Her representative autobiographies include I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, The Heart of a Woman, etc. At the same time, Angelo is an outstanding representative of contemporary black female poets in the United States. So far, she has published more than a dozen collections of poems and won many awards. Her poems represent a clear nationalist stand, "black power" (fighting for freedom and equality for the black race), and the awakening of black women.

Maya Angelo passed away on May 28, 2014, at the age of 86.

Maya Angelo

3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Resource

1. Free PDF E-book Resource

You can open and download this PDF E-book with Google Chrome directly by pasting the link to the browser. If you want to make notes or edit the PDF book. You can use the Edit PDF tool in EasePDF. If you want to download this PDF to your Kindle, you may need to use the Compress PDF tool to make the PDF smaller.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings PDF

2. BBC Digital Audio Resource

This BBC audiobook is narrated by Adjoa Andoh, Cecilia Noble, Full Cast, Indie Gjesdal, and Pippa Bennett-Warner. You can play the sample or buy this BBC audiobook for USD9.71

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings BBC Audiobook

3. Audiobook Resource

The I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings audiobook on this website is narrated by Maya Angelou. This site provides you a free 30-day trial, you can choose 1 audiobook to download for free. After a 30-day trial, you need to pay USD14.95 a month, but you can cancel it anytime.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Audiobook

4. Hardcover Resource

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Hardcover

5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Poem

There is also a poem version of this book, click the link to read the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings poem.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Poem

4. Book Reviews

This book has received unanimous praise from many experts. Next, we will extract some comments from critics and readers, so that you can better understand this book.

Critic Reviews

  • "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberate the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity." (James Baldwin)
  • "A beautiful book - an unconditionally involving memoir for our time or any time. Maya Angelou is a natural writer with an inordinate sense of life and she has written an exceptional autobiographical narrative." (Kirkus Reviews)
  • "Simultaneously touching and comic." (The New York Times)

Readers Reviews

  • "I have read the books published by Maya Angelou and this is so captivating. In every book formulated by Maya Angelou, the book is either about love or Struggles, but they all give a sensation of peace kind of like a wise person that gives wisdom and insight."
  • "This is an inspiring autobiography."

5. Similar Recommended Books

  • Gather Together in My Name
  • Gather Together in My Name (1974) is a memoir by American writer and poet Maya Angelou. It is the second book in Angelou's series of seven autobiographies. The book begins immediately following the events described in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and follows Angelou, called Rita, from the ages of 17 to 19.

  • The Heart of a Woman
  • Like Angelou's previous volumes, the book has been described as autobiographical fiction, though most critics, as well as Angelou, have characterized it as autobiography. Although most critics consider Angelou's first autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings more favorably, The Heart of a Woman also has received positive reviews. It was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in 1997.

    Maya Angelo Autobiography

    6. Conclusion

    Maya Angelo's poetic and interesting language contains a powerful spiritual force. We believe that after reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, you must be able to gain some strength to break down some barriers.

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