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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Angelou, Maya

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New York: Random House, 1969. First Edition, Third Printing. Cloth. Very good/very good. The first edition, third printing of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, signed by Maya Angelou.. Octavo, 281pp. [1]. Black cloth, title stamped in gilt and red on spine. The third printing, lacking the "first edition" statement and the number line ending at 3 on the copyright page. Slight lean to text block, clean text throughout. In the publisher's second issue dust jacket, $6.95 retail price on front flap, "2/70" code on rear panel, wear at top of spine, short closed tear at hinges along top edge, bright illustrations. Dust jacket designed by Vincent Torre. (Blockson 3069) This copy is signed on the front free endpaper: "Karen _, Joy! Maya Angelou.

Synopsis

Titled after a stanza from Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy,” I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the first of a series of seven autobiographical novels by African-American poet and writer Maya Angelou. Personally deeply involved and affected by the civil rights movement, the volume explores racism and identity in her early life.   I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was nominated for the National Book Award in 1970. However, due to its depiction of controversial subjects such as sexuality, lesbianism and rape, the use of the novel in classrooms has been frequently challenged.

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Bookseller
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Bookseller's Inventory #
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Title
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Author
Angelou, Maya
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The first edition, third printing of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, signed by Maya Angelou.
Format/Binding
Cloth
Book Condition
Used - Very good
Jacket Condition
very good
Quantity Available
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Edition
First Edition, Third Printing
Publisher
Random House
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1969
Keywords
signed book Maya Angelou, our grandmothers Angelou, first edition Why The Caged Bird Sings, Poems Maya Angelou, signed Maya Angelou, Gather Together in My Name

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Spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...
Copyright page
The page in a book that describes the lineage of that book, typically including the book's author, publisher, date of...
Cloth
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched...
Text Block
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Jacket
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...
Number Line
A series of numbers appearing on the copyright page of a book, where the lowest number generally indicates the printing of that...
Gilt
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...
Octavo
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