A Song Flung Up to Heaven

A Song Flung Up to Heaven

by Maya Angelou
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A Song Flung Up to Heaven by Maya Angelou

The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated.

Devastated, she tries to put her life back together, working on the stage in local theaters and even conducting a door-to-door survey in Watts. Then Watts explodes in violence, a riot she describes firsthand.

Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visits black churches all over America to help support King’s Poor People’s March.

But once again tragedy strikes. King is assassinated, and this time Angelou completely withdraws from the world, unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party—where the idea for writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is born. In fact, A Song Flung Up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences of Caged Bird.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375507472
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2002
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.71(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, and Mother. Maya Angelou died in 2014.


Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

April 4, 1928

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri


High school in Atlanta and San Francisco

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Song Flung Up to Heaven 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
LynnLD More than 1 year ago
Whenever a writer can share snippets of her life and leave you craving for more, you know that you are in the presence of greatness.  Reading this installment of Dr. Maya Angelou's life had me constantly turning the pages as she shared how her journey revealed itself.  She thought she was coming home from Ghana to work with Malcolm X and latter with Dr. King, but the heavens had other plans for her life.  As she meanders through and goes from the east coast to the west coast and meets many great friends, she finds her path as a playwright and this book ends with her being offered a book deal for her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Amazing!    .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enlightening! Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book revealed the true character of Maya Angelou She exposed areas o her life that were truly amazing!
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cali_sunshine More than 1 year ago
Wish the book was longer, I really felt as if I was there with Maya during all the events she endured. Strange that I'm reading it at the time of election because I had just read her chapter on loosing Martin the day before election day. Maya is a colorful writer and it took me some time to adapt to her style but I absolutely love this book it was inspiring. After reading I want to get out and be sure to be a part of the world and what's going on around me...she was a part of so much.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I can not believe anyone criticises anyone who would take a thirty year time period to examine the quality of human spirit! That not only gives Maya Angelou the right to her wide acclaim, but also the acclaim for this final installment in the 6 book journey she has taken us on. People who criticise Maya for her endever obviosuly are the reason why the quakity of humans continues to decline. Great Book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maya Angelou's writings have never been a disappointment -- and this book is no different!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms Angelou¿s A Song Flung Up To Heaven is a collection of her memoirs collaborated together to form this book of great historical events and how they effected her life. I was surprised at some of the events that have taken place in her life and how she chose to handle them. I was also baffled at the lifestyle she was living while networking with some of the black elite entertainers and leaders, which demonstrates it is not what you know but who you know. Ms Angelou hits hardest on her relationships with James Baldwin and the African, whom she never names. Although I thought she should have gone into more detail about her son Guy, she did express her love for him as well as her brother who had a profound affect on her stability as a woman. Ms. Angelou highlighted the Watts riots that took place in the 60¿s and all though she went into great detail about the riots, I think I may have missed the effects it had on her, nonetheless the actual events were well written and educational. I would definitely recommend this book. Stacy Campbell
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. These cruel other reviewers have either mistaken this book for 35- Baby Names, or they are all just drop out potheads with nothing better to do than tear apart a piece of art like this one that they could not construct in one or maybe two lifetimes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know what's the deal with these other raters but this book was superb from beginning to end. Are you sure you rated the right book, people? Like I already predicted, the book was excellent, a page-turner, and fascinating word-play.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maya Angelou is not afraid to express what she feels and lifes experiences.She is a very strong willed woman.Very talented and gifted. Cassandra Dillon Author of "Reality Poems".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Maya Angelou's beautiful writing. I especially continue to look forward to any words written about her mother. She seemed so together, and would I have loved to have had her for a sounding board about'anything.' The book is a sweet read and perfect for a rainy afternoon sojourn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was at the Festival of books and she was discussing her book. She is the best speaker, everyone should see her. I bought the book and went home to read it and i is captivating and has real good scenes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is not often that I buy a book, go home and read it through in one sitting. In the middle of the afternoon. In the midst of too much. Too much work. Too little sleep. Serious project deadlines. Yet, Maya Angelou¿s A Song Flung Up to Heaven was there at the store where I went only¿I thought¿to buy water. But, my spirit beckoned. I bought the autobiography, hoping that it would nourish me for the afternoon, provide an oasis of calm and comfort before the rush to be productive assailed me. The first few lines of the book¿so clear, concise and conversational¿were intoxicating. I settled down to journey one more time through Angelou territory. A Song Flung Up to Heaven is a deliberation, a refreshing, resonatingly rich personal history that is a community¿s history that is a national history that is human history. Angelou invites us to reflect again on several departed giants in the African diaspora: Kwame Nkrumah, W. E. B. DuBois, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, James Baldwin, Betty Shabazz. All of a time, determined to sweep into the social fabric of nations policy and practice that honors the humanity in all of us. In Angelou¿s sixth and [she says] last autobiography, her traveling shoes take us readers from Ghana to New York to San Francisco to Hawaii to Los Angeles. Family and friends gather to support her, to steady her in the midst of successive experiences of personal grief, sorrow and pain when close friends, first Malcolm X and then Martin Luther Kings, are gunned down days before Maya is to work with them on historic nation-building, nation-changing activities. Maya would have buckled but for the extensive network of people who responded instinctively and unstintingly to her need. A Song Flung Up to Heaven is a celebration of a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman: Maya Angelou.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was great. I also read 'Cascade' by Dennis Klett and found it to be wonderful. Very real, emotional poetry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. I'm sorry that i can't get my money back. our book club of about 20 member ,gave this book a 1 star. book rule is start a book finish it . this is one book i did not want to finish but I did. glad i don't have to pass it on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's terrifying that someone with so little talent can be so widely acclaimed. Maya Angelou's prose are almost as poorly written as her verse.