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A Song Flung Up to Heaven

Written by Maya Angelou

A Song Flung Up to Heaven
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Category: Biography & Autobiography - People of Color
Imprint: Bantam
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: April 2003
Price: $15.00
Can. Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38203-7 (0-553-38203-9)
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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.



 
A Song Flung Up To Heaven is the powerful conclusion to the autobiographical journey that began more than thirty years ago with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Angelou picks up her story in 1964, when she returned from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X—only to learn that he has just been assassinated. After working in California, where she witnessed the violence of the Watts riots, she traveled to New York, where she agreed to work with Dr. Martin Luther King. Devastated when King, too, is assassinated, Angelou withdrew from the world.

One night at a party which James Baldwin insisted she attend, the talk turned to stories of survival and even celebration, and memories that were soon to take form as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. A Song Flung Up To Heaven concludes with Angelou setting down the sentences that open that first volume of the work that launched a remarkable career.

With humor, candor, poignancy, and grace, Maya Angelou has shared her life story in a remarkable series of critically-lauded autobiographies. A Song Flung Up To Heaven not only provides essential background to her existing corpus of work, but it is also a powerful, poignant and necessary work in its own right.



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 Don’t You Sing?, as well as the celebrated poem “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she read at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton.


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