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Conversations with Maya Angelou
     

Conversations with Maya Angelou

by Jeffrey M. Elliot (Editor), Jeffery M. Elliot (Editor)
 

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One of so many talents could only be expected to talk superbly, too. Here in over two dozen interviews is the voice of Maya Angelou (1928–2014) telling with strength, warmth, honesty, and dignified pride of her impact upon a difficult world and ultimately of her triumph.

She has written poetry and a stream of dynamic autobiographies that include I Know

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One of so many talents could only be expected to talk superbly, too. Here in over two dozen interviews is the voice of Maya Angelou (1928–2014) telling with strength, warmth, honesty, and dignified pride of her impact upon a difficult world and ultimately of her triumph.

She has written poetry and a stream of dynamic autobiographies that include I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; Gather Together in My Name; Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas; and Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well.

In Conversations with Maya Angelou she spreads out the facts of her remarkable history for our examination and in sharing these conveys a salubrious philosophy and a zest for life.

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Booknews
Reprints and transcripts of over 30 interviews published in magazines and newspapers. A chronology of the writer/performers's life is included. Cloth edition ($25.95) not seen. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878053629
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
03/01/1989
Series:
Literary Conversations Series
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,343,224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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C.T.: Have any of your works been misunderstood?

Angelou: A number of people have asked me why I wrote about the rape in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. They wanted to know why I had to tell that rape happens in the black community. I wanted people to see that the man was not totally an ogre. The hard thing about writing or directing or producing is to make sure one doesn't make the negative person totally negative. I try to tell the truth and preserve it in all artistic forms.

Meet the Author

Jeffrey M. Elliot was a professor of political science at North Carolina Central University. His books include The State and Local Government Political Dictionary, Urban Society, and many others. He conducted over 350 interviews, including interviews with Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro, and Contra leader Adolfo Calero.

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