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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.