Now Sheba Sings the Song

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9780452271432: Now Sheba Sings the Song

The Inaugural poet, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, unites with a renowned illustrator for a poetic tribute to the extraordinary essence of ordinary African-American women. Reissue.

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Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights' activist - working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King - and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, 'On the Pulse of Morning', for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world. She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013. She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.

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Feelings's 84 sepia and black-and-white illustrations of black women were drawn in Africa, the U.S., South America and the Caribbean. They inspired Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to write this poem celebrating black women's strength, dignity, exuberance and sexuality. Pictures and verse complement each other in this slender offering. The sketches, by the children's book illustrator and Caldecott award winner, look, regrettably, as if they might be random jottings in an art student's sketchpad. The verses sometimes successfully mingle natural speech rhythms with a literarydiction that filters the voice of African-American woman's centuries of struggle and perseverance. An often eloquent poem is trapped amid prosaic pictures.
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