The second title in Maya Angelou's bestselling autobiography is reissued in a new look to coincide with the publication of her new book
In addition to her autobiography, Maya Angelou has written several volumes of poetry, including On the Pulse of the Morning for the inauguration of President Clinton. She has a life-time appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.
The producer proclaims this to be the first unabridged recording of Angelou's autobiographical account, and it is long overdue. Her autobiography now encompasses five volumes, with Gather Together in My Name (1974) as the sequel to this monumental life's first chapter, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970). This second recollection covers the next four years of Maya/Retie's life as a single mother and her struggle for love, respect, and self-worth in post-World War II California and Arkansas. The dangers and conflicts that the adolescent parent often recklessly faces are reflective of both the times and her still unformed creative spirit. Gather breaks new ground in autobiographical form, and Angelou has said that she sees it as a vehicle to revisit the past: to recover through imagination and invention what has been lost. Narrator Lynne Thigpen is dead-on with a strong reading that captures the nuances and rhythms of the author's own voice. Recommended for most collections.‘Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.
** 'Angelou has the knack of guiding us along the seamier side of life while making us feel refreshed and restored like a terrfic gospel blues singer' GUARDIAN 'She has the knack of guiding us along the seamier side of life while making us feel refreshed and restored like a terrfic gospel blues singer' - Guardian