CliffsNotes on Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

Piqued by a dare, Angelou wrote this first book as an exercise in autobiography as art ? and succeeded. Her novel is a story of the difficulties of black women and the...

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CliffsNotes on Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Overview


The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

Piqued by a dare, Angelou wrote this first book as an exercise in autobiography as art — and succeeded. Her novel is a story of the difficulties of black women and the eventual victory of spirit that comes from being a soulful fighter.

CliffsNotes on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings helps you explore this tale of rebirth, self-worth, and dignity. This concise supplement helps you understand the overall structure of the novel, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author. Features that help you study include

  • A close look at the author's life which offers insight into her writing
  • A list of characters and their descriptions
  • Summaries and commentaries, chapter by chapter
  • Critical assessments of the novel and the television movie adaptation
  • Glossaries to help you fully understand the novel
  • Critical essays on women in the novel and Southern Fundamentalism
  • A review section that tests your knowledge, and suggested essay topics

Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 2-4A young Ashanti boy invites readers to visit his West African village, famous for fine kente cloth, and to share his "magic"a masterful imagination. Artistic typesetting composition is accompanied by appealing color photos that bring the lyrical text into sharp focus. Kofi is an engaging scamp whose vivid "daydreams" that transport him to other places will speak to children everywhere and present them with a clear vision of his beloved West African world. Kofi's joy in his life is reflected in both text and pictorial content and will be an eye-opener to more materialistic children in technically developed environments. A winner.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822006411
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Series: Cliffs Notes Series
  • Edition description: Cliffs Notes
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 344,667
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Table of Contents


Life and Background.

Introduction to the Book.

List of Characters.

Critical Commentaries.

Critical Analysis.

Critical Essays.

Selected Bibliography.

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