Writer Celebrated For Her Artistry And Activism

May 30, 2014 6:11 PM

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Writer Celebrated For Her Artistry And Activism

Poet, author, activist and literary icon Maya Angelou died Wednesday, aged 86, at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina � bringing down the curtain on a career that had kept her in the public eye since the 1950s, when she first focused on writing. She left behind 36 books, including seven collections of poetry, essays, memoirs, children�s books and cookbooks.

Angelou, of course, will likely remain best remembered for I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1969) � which describes struggles with rape, sexism and identity politics. The book effectively put her on the map by selling millions of copies, as well as winning a National Book Award. It remains a staple ...

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