I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

Suggestions for Further Reading


How to Cite This SparkNote

Barnes, Marian E. and Goss, Linda. Talk That Talk: An Anthology of African-American Storytelling. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.

Bloom, Harold. Maya Angelou. Broomall, Pennsylvania: Chelsea House Publishers, 2001.

Braxton, Joanne M. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Casebook. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Courtney-Clarke, Margaret. Maya Angelou: The Poetry of Living. New York: C. Potter, 1999.

Hagen, Lyman B. Heart of a Woman, Mind of a Writer, and Soul of a Poet: A Critical Analysis of the Writings of Maya Angelou. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1996.

Lupton, Mary Jane. Maya Angelou: A Critical Companion. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Megna-Wallace, Joanne. Understanding I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Williams, Mary E., editor. Readings on Maya Angelou. San Diego, California: Greenhaven Press, 1997.

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Great autobiography

by maria106, November 14, 2012

Through a series of personal events, feelings, and thoughts, Maya Angelou is able to captivate its readers with her recounting of her life from her early years up to late adolescence. As readers, we are able to see how Maya grows from the insecure little girl in Arkansas to the strong woman who realizes that she can trust herself and will be able to keep moving forward, which is clearly shown when she realizes that she can take care of her son.

During the last chapter of the book, I feel that Maya does a great job describing the feeli... Read more


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i know why the caged bird sings

by lwxie, August 18, 2015

It should tell the plot. but it didn't have the plot. but I read the story. then I figured out the plot of the story. This is a good app to use when you have a lot of wok to do. thanks,

Not a fan!

by ella666666, December 06, 2015

I honestly think this book was so hard to follow and so incredibly boring. Although Maya is a respectable and amazing woman, her autobiography might've been one of the slowest and most boring books I've ever read, just beating to a crumby book about the Irish potato famine way back when. If your a big reader and a Maya fan then go for it... but if you're not then than you might become incredibly apathetic about this book. Fast.