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Title:
Phenomenal woman
Author:
Angelou, Maya.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 cm
General Note:
"A welcome book."
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780375504068
Format :
Book

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Summary

Phenomenal Woman is a phenomenal poem that speaks to us of where we are as women at the dawn of a new century.nbsp;nbsp;In a clear voice, Maya Angelou vividly reminds us of our towering strength and beauty.nbsp;nbsp;Here is a poem that radiates wisdom and conviction, renewing our belief in the glory and tender mercies of our gender.

Married to the extraordinary paintings Paul Gauguin, this book becomes a visionary commemoration of all that is wondrous in women.nbsp;nbsp;Gauguin painted women with exuberance and joy, reveling in their strength and beauty.nbsp;nbsp;His portraits are of women of color, women of power, women who gaze out at the viewer with the same quiet resolve and inner mystery that Angelou celebrates in her poem.

Though Gauguin died twenty-five years before Angelou was born and these two artists lived very different lives in very different cultures, their work coalesces perfectly in this one glorious volume.

Here is the ultimate gift for the phenomenal woman in your life--wife, lover, relative, teacher, friend.nbsp;nbsp;There's hardly a woman alive today who will not relate to the words of the poet Maya Angelou and the images of painter Paul Gauguin.


Author Notes

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. At the age of 16, she became not only the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco but the first woman conductor. In the mid-1950s, she toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. In 1957, she recorded her first album, Calypso Lady. In 1958, she became a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and played a queen in The Blacks, an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet.

In 1960, she moved to Cairo, where she edited The Arab Observer, an English-language weekly newspaper. The following year, she went to Ghana where she was features editor of The African Review and taught music and drama at the University of Ghana. In 1964, she moved back to the U.S. to become a civil rights activist by helping Malcolm X build his new coalition, the Organization of African American Unity, and became the northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Even though she never went to college, she taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. In 1993, she became only the second poet in United States history to write and recite an original poem at a Presidential Inauguration when she read On the Pulse of Morning at President Bill Clinton's Inauguration Ceremony. She wrote numerous books during her lifetime including: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and Mom and Me and Mom. In 2011, President Barack Obama gave her the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, for her collected works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

She appeared in the movie Roots and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1977 for her role in the movie. She also played a part in the movie, How to Make an American Quilt and wrote and produced Afro-Americans in the Arts, a PBS special for which she received a Golden Eagle Award. She was a three-time Grammy winner. She died on May 28, 2014 at the age of 86.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

Angelou is riding high. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is back on the best sellers lists after 20 years, and her inaugural poem, On the Pulse of Morning, has sold 40,000 copies in hardcover and 350,000 in paperback. This work collects four poems on women that are much in demand at Angelou's packed readings. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Phenomenal Womanp. 3
Still I Risep. 7
Weekend Gloryp. 11
Our Grandmothersp. 15