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A Song Flung Up to Heaven

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The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated.

Devastated, she tries to put her life back together, working on the stage in local theaters and even conducting a door-to-door survey in Watts. Then Watts explodes in violence, a riot she describes firsthand.

Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visits black churches all over America to help support Kings Poor Peoples March.

But once again tragedy strikes. King is assassinated, and this time Angelou completely withdraws from the world, unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party—where the idea for writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is born. In fact, A Song Flung Up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences of Caged Bird.

Synopsis:

"A Song Flung Up to Heaven" opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X and later Martin Luther King, Jr., who are both soon assassinated. Devastated, she tries to put her life back together. This book ends as Angelou begins to write the first sentences of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

About the Author

Poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then went to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she has also written five poetry collections, including I Shall Not Be Moved and Shaker, Why Dont You Sing?, as well as the celebrated poem “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she read at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375507472
Author:
Angelou, Maya
Publisher:
Random House (NY)
Location:
New York
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Civil rights workers
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
African American women authors
Subject:
African American authors
Subject:
African American women civil rights workers
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
vol. 3
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.56x5.88x.81 in. .80 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "A Song Flung Up to Heaven" opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X and later Martin Luther King, Jr., who are both soon assassinated. Devastated, she tries to put her life back together. This book ends as Angelou begins to write the first sentences of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
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