Maya angelou (born marguerite ann johnson april 4, 1928 - may 28, 2014) was an american author and poet she published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. The world knew maya angelou, who passed away on wednesday at the age of 86, as a prolific writer and poet but she had a long string of other jobs throughout her life. Edit maya angelou (1928-2014) was a poet, civil right's activist, author, actress, screen writer, and dancer biography edit marguerite annie johnson angelou, or maya angelou, was born in stlouis missouri.
Writer and african-american activist maya angelou was born on april 4, 1928, in st louis, missouri were met with critical and popular success her volume of poetry, just give me a cool drink of water 'fore i die was nominated for the pulitzer. Maya angelou was born marguerite annie johnson on april 4, 1928, in st louis, missouri upon her parents' divorce in 1931, she and her brother were sent to stamps, arkansas, to live with their paternal grandmother and uncle a world away from the city life of her early years, angelou grew up in. Maya angelou biography civil rights activist, author, poet, activist (1928-2014) maya angelou was a poet and award-winning author known for her acclaimed memoir i know why the caged bird sings. Marguerite johnson, better known to the world as maya angelou, was a woman who endured much in her life, accomplished even more, and possessed tremendous literary talent.
An acclaimed american poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer, maya angelou was born marguerite johnson in st louis, missouri angelou had a broad career as a singer, dancer, actress, composer, and hollywood's first female black director, but became most famous as a writer, editor, essayist, playwright, and poet. Maya angelou biography: maya angelou is a notable american poet and author she is most well known for her series of autobiographical books that tell the story of her life from childhood into early adulthood. Maya angelou was named marguerite ann johnson at birth after divorcing her first husband, tosh angelos, in 1954, she began a nightclub career in san francisco and dropped her birth name, taking. Maya angelou is a very triumphant woman she has written many books and poems that have given her great success if one would talk to her, he or she would think she has lead a normal, happy life.
Maya angelou was an african american writer most famous for her poems and series of autobiographies she had a difficult childhood and had to struggle as a teenage mother before she achieved moderate success as a performer. Maya angelou: maya angelou, american poet, memoirist, and actress whose several volumes of autobiography explore the themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression although born in st louis, angelou spent much of her childhood in the care of her paternal grandmother in rural stamps, arkansas. 1 i know why the caged bird sings was maya angelou's first book as the world marks her birthday in 2018, maya angelou's breakout work is particularly relevant to the national conversation. Maya angelou's career has allowed her to make a difference in the world she has been called transcendent and the voice of a generation she has worked steadfastly for peace, love and equality with individuals such as malcolm x, dr martin luther king, alex haley, and many others.
Activist maya angelou is known for her 1969 memoir, i know why the caged bird sings , which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an african-american woman. Maya angelou - poet - maya angelou was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil. A short maya angelou biography describes maya angelou's life, times, and work also explains the historical and literary context that influenced i know why the caged bird sings.
Wagner-martin considers angelou's life as an african american in the us, her life as stage and film performer, her full involvement in the civil rights actions of the 1960s and her travels abroad in egypt, africa and europe alongside her literary career, recognizing angelou's dexterous maneuvering of genre. Eventful early life maya angelou was born marguerite johnson on april 4, 1928, in st louis, missouri after her parents' marriage ended, she and her brother, bailey (who gave her the name maya), were sent to rural stamps, arkansas, to live with their grandmother, who owned a general store. Maya angelou, a child of the jim crow south who rose to international prominence as a writer known for her frank chronicles of personal history and a performer instantly identified by her regal.
Poet not only is maya angelou known for her literary work known as her autobiography, but she was also a very accomplished poet she had many poems that seemed to strike a cord with others, but it was her poem entitled yet just give me a cool drink of water before i die that is known as a classic. Her career in media has lived as long as her literary one in the 1990s, she worked on and acted in films such as poetic justice, how to make an american quilt, and her own work, down in the delta her poetry has received national recognition.
Poet and novelist maya angelou-born marguerite johnson-is born in st louis, missouri her parents divorced when she was three, and she and her brother went to live with their grandmother in. Maya angelou, the memoirist, poet and author of i know why the caged bird sings, died wednesday her manuscripts are being preserved at the harlem-based branch of the new york public library. Maya angelou was an african-american author, playwright, poet, dancer, actress, and singer her illustrious 50-year career included publishing 36 books, including volumes of poetry and three books of essays angelou is credited for producing and acting in several plays, musicals, movies, and tv. Maya angelou admires a ghanian postage stamp in her honor during a ceremony in washington on nov 13, 1997 twelve black authors were honored on stamps from ghana and uganda to promote world literacy.