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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House Inc
Publication date February 1, 2002
Pages 281
Binding Hardcover
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375507892
ISBN-10 0375507892
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 8.25 in.
Original list price $24.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The critically acclaimed author and poet recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums, in a special anniversary edition of her acclaimed autobiography. Reissue. 10,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Her life story is told in the documentary film And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
 
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.
 
Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.
 
“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.”—James Baldwin

Editions
Hardcover
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With Maya Angelou | from Gardners Books (August 2, 2012)
9781844088188 | details & prices | 309 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $21.55
The price comparison is for this edition
Reissue edition from Random House Inc (February 1, 2002)
9780375507892 | details & prices | 281 pages | 6.00 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $24.00
About: The poet recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.
Reissue edition from Random House Inc (April 1, 1997)
9780679449898 | details & prices | List price $20.00
About: Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
Reissue edition from Random House Inc (April 1, 1996)
9780394429861 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $20.00
About: A black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas teenage days in northern slums
Large print edition from G K Hall & Co (October 1, 1985)
9780851193397 | details & prices | List price $13.95
About: Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas - a world of which most Americans are ignorant.
Paperback
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With Maya Angelou | Reissue edition from Ballantine Books (April 21, 2009)
9780345514400 | details & prices | 289 pages | 4.25 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $6.99
About: Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself.
With Maya Angelou | from Random House Inc (April 21, 2009)
9780812980028 | details & prices | 289 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.76 lbs | List price $17.00
About: Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
from Bantam Dell Pub Group (May 1, 1997)
9780553380019 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $15.00
About: The author recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums
from Bantam Books (July 1, 1994)
9780553541694 | details & prices | List price $6.99
About: Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas - a world of which most Americans are ignorant.
from Bantam Books (August 1, 1991)
9780553279375 | details & prices | 289 pages | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $6.99
About: A black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.
from Ballantine Books (June 1, 1982)
9780553225471 | details & prices | 246 pages | List price $10.01
About: A Black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums
With Neely Laurenzo Myers | from Bantam Books (March 1, 1971)
9780553256154 | details & prices | List price $3.95
This edition also contains Recovery's Edge: An Ethnography of Mental Health Care and Moral Agency
About: Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas - a world of which most Americans are ignorant.
Miscellaneous
With Maya Angelou | from Random House Inc (July 21, 2010)
9780307477729 | details & prices | 288 pages | List price $6.99
With Maya Angelou | from Random House Inc (April 21, 2009)
9781588369253 | details & prices | List price $17.00
CD/Spoken Word
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With Maya Angelou | Abridged edition from Gardners Books (August 3, 2006)
9781405501590 | details & prices | 1 pages | 5.50 × 5.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.32 lbs | List price $26.50
About: * The first and best-loved volume of Maya Angelou's bestselling six-volume autobiography * Read by Maya Angelou herself
Cassette/Spoken Word
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Abridged edition from Random House (April 1, 1996)
9780676736335 | details & prices | List price $18.00
With Maya Angelou | from Random House (April 12, 1987)
9780394558127 | details & prices | List price $14.95
About: In the first volume of an extraordinary autobiographical series, one of the most inspiring authors of our time recalls--with candor, humor, poignancy and grace--how her journey began.
Abridged edition from Random House (February 1, 1986)
9780394553696 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $18.00
About: The author and poet recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.
Reinforced
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With Maya Angelou | from Demco Media (August 1, 1991)
9780606035743 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $14.55
About: A Black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums
Prebinding
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With Maya Angelou | Reprint edition from Paw Prints (April 9, 2009)
9781439568811 | details & prices | List price $24.00
About: Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999)
9780808510574 | details & prices | 4.50 × 6.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $18.40
About: A black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.

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