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With her signature eloquence and heartfelt appreciation, renowned poet and national treasure Maya Angelou celebrates the first woman we ever knew: Mother. From the beginnings of this profound relationship through teenage rebellion and finally to adulthood, where we stand to inherit timeless maternal wisdom, Angelou praises the patience, knowledge, and compassion of this remarkable parent. Perfect for Mother's Day, or for any day on which we wish to acknowledge this all-important bond, Mother is an awe-inspiring ...

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Overview

With her signature eloquence and heartfelt appreciation, renowned poet and national treasure Maya Angelou celebrates the first woman we ever knew: Mother. From the beginnings of this profound relationship through teenage rebellion and finally to adulthood, where we stand to inherit timeless maternal wisdom, Angelou praises the patience, knowledge, and compassion of this remarkable parent. Perfect for Mother's Day, or for any day on which we wish to acknowledge this all-important bond, Mother is an awe-inspiring affirmation of the enduring love that exists in every corner of the globe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400066018
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/11/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 217,652
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Maya Angelou
Poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then moved to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she has also written a cookbook, Hallelujah! The Welcome Table; five poetry collections, including I Shall Not Be Moved and Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing?; and the celebrated poems “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she read at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton, and “Amazing Peace,” which she read at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., in December 2005.

Biography

As a chronicler of her own story and the larger civil rights movement in which she took part, Maya Angelou is remarkable in equal measure for her lyrical gifts as well as her distinct sense of justice, both politically and personally.

Angelou was among the first, if not the first, to create a literary franchise based on autobiographical writings. In the series' six titles -- beginning with the classic I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and followed by Gather Together in My Name, Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas, Heart of a Woman, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, and 2002's A Song Flung Up to Heaven -- Angelou tells her story in language both no-nonsense and intensely spiritual.

Angelou's facility with language, both on paper and as a suede-voiced speaker, have made her a populist poet. Her 1995 poem "Phenomenal Woman" is still passed along the Web among women as inspiration ("It's in the reach of my arms/The span of my hips/The stride of my steps/The curl of my lips./I'm a woman/Phenomenally/Phenomenal woman/That's me"), and her 1993 poem "On the Pulse of the Morning," written for Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration, was later released as a Grammy-winning album.

Angelou often cites other writers (from Kenzaburo Oe to James Baldwin) both in text and name. But as often as not, her major mentors were not writers – she had been set to work with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. before each was assassinated, stories she recounts in A Song Flung Up to Heaven.

Given her rollercoaster existence -- from poverty in Arkansas to journalism in Egypt and Ghana and ultimately, to her destiny as a successful writer and professor in the States – it's no surprise that Angelou hasn't limited herself to one or two genres. Angelou has also written for stage and screen, acted, and directed. She is the rare author from whom inspiration can be derived both from her approach to life as from her talent in writing about it. Reading her books is like taking counsel from your wisest, favorite aunt.

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Angelou was nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Nyo Boto in the 1977 miniseries Roots. She has also appeared in films such as How to Make an American Quilt and Poetic Justice, and she directed 1998's Down in the Delta.

Angelou speaks six languages, including West African Fanti.

She taught modern dance at the Rome Opera House and the Hambina Theatre in Tel Aviv.

Before she became famous as a writer, Maya Angelou was a singer. Miss Calypso is a CD of her singing calypso songs.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Margeurite Johnson
      Maya Angelou
    2. Hometown:
      Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 4, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Education:
      High school in Atlanta and San Francisco

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Mother,
During those early dearest days
I did not dream that you had
A large life which included me,
For I had a life which was only you.
_______________________________

The way you posed your head
So that the light could caress your face
When you put your fingers on my hand
And your hand on my arm,
I was struck with a sense of health,
Of strength and very good fortune.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    only like 6 pages!

    While the poem was beautiful, as I expected it would be, this "book" was only the one poem...I just spent $9.00 for not even as many pages! Reading other reviews, critiics call it a "collection" and made it sound like there should be more there...wondering if it didn't download all the way or am I missing something??? I love Maya Angelou's work but $9 is a bit steep for one poem. I appreciate any advice or ideas! Also, is there a way to see how many pages something is before purchasing it?
    Thanks in advance to any helpers! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2010

    Beautiful gift for a mother

    As always Maya's words are brilliant and touching. My mom loved recieving this sweet book for Mother's Day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2006

    Great Work!!!!!!

    Maya as always you inspire me! I really enjoyed this book it touched a chord deep within my soul and brought me much laughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2007

    A Fine Introduction To A Great Bard

    A whimsical poetry book clearly devoted for her mother, Maya Angelou has written many wonderful books and this one will not be forgotten. Don't forget your mothers is the message of the book-I can't argue with that! Hopefully, Angelou will keep on writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2006

    Another Great Book

    Maya's gift of writing is a blessing to the world. This book is a must.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    Love Maya

    I enjoy reading Maya Angelous poems... this book especially.. great balance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2006

    Nice

    This is a nice collection the collection is a must have

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2006

    THE STRENGTH OF A MOTHER

    I must admit that this is a wonderful book...when I saw you on television one morning reading this I had to want for it to come to the book store...So on Mother's Day I purchase seven (7) to send to my strong black mother's...each one has called and said to me: ' What a wonderful way to say I love you on this day'....Thank you it is appreciated.....Have you written one on Fathers.... Euna Faye Harris Eaton

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2006

    Hold Tight

    Such beautiful and amazing heart-touching expressions of life's points and purposes. Get your hands on this book and hold tight to Angelou's gift to us all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    to a special mom like you

    You are my mom and my friend You¿ve been there for me through thick and thin I cherish every moment we have together Knowing that our love will last forever You gave me life that¿s why I love you so And knowing that this day might come I never want to let you go We argue sometimes But our friendship is like a vine When I was born you told me you love me And I knew from there you would never hurt me When you held me in your arms I felt so secure That¿s when I knew you were my mom for sure I love you mom theres no more I can say But thank god for you and Happy Valentine¿s Day

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