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Celebrate the life of this creative, courageous, and resilient woman by reading one of her many works.

We have dozens of items (including books, audiobooks, and e-books) in the catalog authored by Angelou and dozens more written about her.

Angelou wrote a series of autobiographies, starting with one of her most famous books:



I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)

Gather Together in My Name (1974)

Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry like Christmas (1976)

The Heart of a Woman (1981)

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986)

A Song Flung up to Heaven (2002)

Mom & Me & Mom (2013)

Angelou was a celebrated poet, winning her first Grammy for the recorded version of "On the Pulse of Morning." 


The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou

And Still I Rise

I Shall Not Be Moved

A Brave and Startling Truth

Her essays contain clever thoughts, opinions, anecdotes, and advice:


Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

Even the Stars Look Lonesome

Angelou also wrote plays, screenplays, cookbooks, and children's books. The resume of her writing is so rich, it is impossible not be in awe of her.

For complete chronological lists of Angelou's works, along with a detailed biography, visit her page on the Poetry Foundation website.

She will be missed.