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Maya Angelou is most famous for saying the words 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'. And the caged bird has been finally released from her mortal body. Maya Angelou passed away on May 28, 2014. She left behind lots of fans and tearful readers. But most importantly, Maya Angelou's books survive her death. She may have passed away but Maya Angelou's best books will continue to live on for time immemorial.
Maya Angelou is best known as a contemporary poet. However, she was also one of the finest African-American writers. She was also a dancer and performer. The most amazing thing about Maya Angelou is that she introduced the world to the concept of 'autobiographical fiction'.
She wrote 7 autobiographies during her lifetime. And these are the best books of Maya Angelou. The first of this autobiographical series is 'I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings' that describes her early childhood up to the age of 17 years.
Maya Angelou's life has been a mirror of Black culture in USA. She presents a very brutal face of the reality of the African-American community to the world and is known for being very candid. She has also published several books of poetry during her lifetime. Now that Maya Angelou is dead, we still remember her as a terrific performer and proponent of the English language.
These are a list of Maya Angelou's books that will surely survive her.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
The first book of the 7 book series is loosely based on Maya Angelou's growing up years in a Southern towns of USA. It talks about how it feels to be a little girl growing up alone in a hostile culture.
Gather Together In My Name
This book is the second in the series of the autobiographical novels. She describes a single mother's life as she slides down the ladder of crime and prostitution to support herself and her children.
Singing, Swinging And Getting Merry Like Christmas
This is the third book in the series and captures Maya Angelou's rise to fame as a night club dancer. This is the time round when she released her first album 'Miss Calypso'.
The Heart Of A Woman
This is the fourth book in the series that describes Angelou's career as a writer and her travels to New York, Ghana and Cairo. The main motif of this book is her role as mother as she now has a teenage son whom she has to raise. The book ends when her son sets of to college leaving Angelou 'free' to pursue her own life.
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
In the fifth book of the series, Maya Angelou takes spiritual turn. It has something to do with her son's tragic accident and the atrocities she has seen in Ghana.
Maya Angelou was a devoted poet throughout her life. In fact, she was the only poet called upon to recite a poem in the White House during Bill Clinton's time after Robert Frost. The collection of her poems will surely be remembered in the times to come.
Mom & Me
This is the last and 7th book in the series of autobiographical novels that Maya Angelou has written. It was released on Mother's Day just before Angelou turned 85 in 2013. This book is a tribute to her mother who had abandoned Angelou as a child. But it tells the story from her mother's angle and puts the events in their life in perspective.