NYPL Maya Angelou Manuscript Journal
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Published in 1969, Maya Angelou’s coming-of-age memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was an immediate national bestseller and a critical success. The book, the first in a series that chronicled her early life through the 1960s, helped to establish Angelou (1928–2014) as a major figure in American letters.
On this manuscript page from the book, Angelou captures the moment when she and her brother, Bailey, arrived in Arkansas to be raised by their paternal grandmother and presages the personalities that she and Bailey would later develop.
Today the manuscript is held at The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. With connections to activist, literary, and expat communities in the United States and Ghana, Angelou’s work encapsulates the Schomburg Center’s strongest holdings—stories of the struggles, triumphs, and fortitude in the everyday vicissitudes of Black life.
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Product: Lined Page Journal
Pages: Midi 144 / Ultra 144
Material: 100% recycled binder boards / Decorative printed cover paper / FSC-certified writing paper derived from sustainable forest pulp
Dim: Midi 5" x 7" / Ultra 7" x 9"