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A day drunk with the nectar of nowness
weaves its way between the years
to find itself at the flophouse of night
to sleep and be seen no more.
Maya Angelou


When I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published in 1969, Angelou was hailed as a new kind of memoirist, one of the first African-American women who were able to publicly discuss their personal lives.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969): Up to 1944 (age 17)
Gather Together in My Name (1974): 1944-48

Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976): 1949-55

The Heart of a Woman (1981): 1957-62
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986): 1962-65
A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002): 1965-68
Mom & Me & Mom (2013)

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