Maya Angelou (1928-2014): In Memoriam
Random House deeply mourns the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou. Her work inspired and touched tens of millions of readers. Dr. Angelou’s first book, the groundbreaking autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was published in 1969 to critical acclaim, and was followed by thirty-five more books, including volumes of poetry, essay collections, children’s books, cookbooks, and six further memoirs.
Robert Loomis, her editor of more than forty years, said, “Maya, a dear friend, helped change our hearts and minds about the African American experience in the United States, bringing it to vivid life, and her spirit and energy crossed all borders and deeply affected readers around the world.”
Gina Centrello, President and Publisher of Random House, added, “Today a light has gone out at Random House. Dr. Angelou was an inspiration to all, and we are proud and honored to have known her and to be part of the devoted team that publishes her work. Maya will be deeply missed.”