Legacies in Black Literature: Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison

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"Still I Rise"

"For over 40 years, imagine it, I have tried to tell the truth as I understand it, in prose, amazingly. I know that there's a difficulty in trying to write prose," Angelou told the audience at the 64th annual National Book Awards. "You know that easy reading is damn hard writing." Angelou is currently working on her 33rd book, which she said is harder to write than ever.


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