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Maya Angelou ”I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

In her 1969 autobiography, former U.S. Poet Laureat Maya Angelou describes her tumultuous life from childhood to age 17. The book is the first in a six-volume series, and is also the most popular, being nominated for a National Book Award in 1970 and remaining on The New York Times bestseller list for two years. Tough themes, including rape have led to the work being banned in some schools.

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