Maya Angelou’s personal hardships facilitated her success as an author. The thesis describes how Maya Angelou's trials throughout her life have lead her to express her feelings in her literature. Since Maya had a difficult childhood, racist treatment throughout her life, and special relationships, Maya's works have been meaningful and inspirational to readers. Maya has lived through the 1930s, the Great Depression, World War 2, the Civil Rights movement, and more. Throughout these historical events, Maya kept strong and preserved through her pain. Readers enjoy Maya's writing because she has gone through a lot of different experiences and has a unique perspective. This is why many people want to read Maya Angelou's literature as she is very well known throughout the world.
Three Facts: In "North America Literature" by ABC- CLIO , it suggests that Maya’s best selling novel, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) is about her personal life and was her most famous work. She talked about her childhood and young adulthood struggles. This shows how her childhood, upbringing of a child, and life with racist people influenced her writing. Her friend, James Baldwin, encouraged Maya to express her feeling of her past through her own book. People all over the world were captivated by Maya's story making her book successful.
In "Maya Angelou" by Justin Harmon it explains how Maya wrote A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002) is about experiencing the deaths of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. This still is about Maya’s personal struggles to lose these friends and role models. This shows how her time as a civil rights activist help create bonds with people. When these people were killed, Maya was devastated and expressed her feelings in her literature. Her special experience and friendships with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. engrossed people making her well known.
In "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People" by ABC-CLIO, it clarifies how Maya wrote Letter to My Daughter (2008) as advice for young women based on her experiences in life and her obstacles she had to overcome as a woman. Maya shaped the guidance from being raped and having a child at a young age. This shows how Maya’s perseverance through a life full of hate and racism shaped her personality and strong mental state. Many people can be inspired by Maya's struggles, advice and resilience.
"National Association for the Advancement of Colored People." United States Geography, ABC-CLIO, 2018, usgeography.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/222935. Accessed 24 Oct. 2018.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By: Maya Angelou Published in 1969
A Song Flung Up to Heaven By: Maya Angelou Published in 2002
Letter to My Daughter By: Maya Angelou Published in 2008