American writer and poet Maya Angelou dies at age 86

AuthorU.S. writer and poet Maya Angelou has died at age 86 in North Carolina, native media reported on Wednesday, citing her agent and an area official.

Angelou offered eloquent commentary on race, gender and residing life to its fullest in poems and memoirs reminiscent of “I Know Why the Caged Fowl Sings” which introduced her broad acclaim.

She wrote greater than 30 books and was a Grammy winner for 3 spoken – phrase albums. She had a house in Winston-Salem North Carolina, the place she was a professor of American research at Wake Forest College.

She was honored on the Nationwide Guide Awards ceremony final 12 months for her service to the literary neighborhood.

She was born on April 4, 1928 and has been known as “America’s most seen black feminine autobiographer” by scholar Joanne M. Braxton.

She is finest identified for her collection of six autobiographical volumes, which deal with her childhood and early grownup experiences. The primary and most extremely acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Fowl Sings (1969), tells of her first seventeen years. It introduced her worldwide recognition, and was nominated for a Nationwide Guide Award. She has been awarded over 30 honorary levels and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 quantity of poetry, Simply Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie.

Angelou was a member of the Harlem Writers Guild within the late 1950s, was energetic within the Civil Rights motion, and served as Northern Coordinator of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s Southern Christian Management Convention. Since 1991, she has taught at Wake Forest College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina the place she holds the primary lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Research. Because the 1990s she has made round eighty appearances a 12 months on the lecture circuit. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Invoice Clinton’s inauguration, the primary poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961. In 1995, she was acknowledged for having the longest-running file (two years) on The New York Instances Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller Listing.

With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Fowl Sings, Angelou was heralded as a brand new type of memoirist, one of many first African American ladies who was in a position to publicly talk about her private life. She is extremely revered as a spokesperson for Black folks and ladies. Angelou’s work is usually characterised as autobiographical fiction. She has, nevertheless, made a deliberate try and problem the frequent construction of the autobiography by critiquing, altering, and increasing the style. Her books, centered on themes reminiscent of identification, household are sometimes used as set texts in colleges and universities internationally.

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