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Lot 105: A Stunning Signed Copy of Maya Angelou's First Book
Rare Autograph, Manuscripts & Book & Aviation Auction
27 October 2016
Miami, FL, USA
Maya Angelou. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York: Random House, .First edition. Signed and inscribed by Angelou on title page. Octavo. 281 pages.Publisher's black cloth with titles in red and gilt. Top edge stained red. Slight toning to endpapers and page edges. Dust jacket is lightly toned on edges. A beautiful copy in fine condition.
"This testimony from a black sister marks the beginning of a new era in the minds and hearts and lives of all black men and women....I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity. I have no words for this achievement, but I know that not since the days of my childhood, when the people in books were more real than the people I saw every day, have I found myself so moved....Her portrait is a biblical study of life in the midst of death." (James Baldwin)
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