I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Angelou, Maya

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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Random House published the first edition of the novel in 1969. Markings for a first edition are characteristic of the publisher with the words "First Edition" clearly stated on the copyright page. The first issue also has a red-stained top edge.

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In 1999, Easton Press published a special limited edition of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in full leather with gold accents, silk end papers, and a ribbon marker.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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1969
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New York: Random House, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. First Issue. Near Fine in a Near Fine jacket, a couple small closed tears, faded at the spine. Black cloth with gold and red gilt lettering and rules on the spine and front board. Square and firmly bound with a red top stain, bookplate on the front… Read more about this item
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1969
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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… Read more about this item
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New York: Random House , 1969. Book. Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Numberline (2-9) Copyright 1969 Indicates Random House 2Nd Printing Of First Edition At This Time. (Small Tear At Bottom Of Copyright Page And Tiny Hole Near Numberline) Still Clear And Readable. Hard Cover: Good. Black Cloth Wrapped Boards With Gilt Initials On Front And Title On … Read more about this item
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New York: Random House, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. Price Clipped, Clean With No Remainder Mark Or Gift Inscription. The Book Is Good Condition. Price Clipped. Inscription At The 1St End Paper. Random House 1St Printing Stated At The Copy Right Page. Creased- We can ship from Canada and the USA, based on your address. Specializing in academic,… Read more about this item
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Easton Press, 2013. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Offered here in an exclusive leather-bound, slipcased edition, bearing the signature of the late Presidential Medal of Freedom winning author is Angelou's first and most successful autobiography. Bound in fine genuine leather sealed in publisher's shrink wrap, accented with 22k gold lettering and decorations. Page ends are gilded in 22k gold.… Read more about this item
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1969
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New York: Random House. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. 1st state, $5.95 on flap; top edge red; tiny edge tear on jacket else fine; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 281 pages .
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London: The Folio Society, 2000. Book. Fine. Decorative Cloth. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Fourth printing, 2004, so stated. Brown cloth with brown wrap around design with gilt lettering to the spine. 254 pp. This copy is FINE in a FINE dark brown slipcase. No noticeable blemishes. Looks and feels unread. Front cover design by David Sellars.… Read more about this item
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The Easton Press, 2015. Signed Collector's Edition. Leather bound and boxed. Very good. [8], 281, [1] pages. Boxed, With Certificate of Authenticity laid in, signed by Maya Angelou and witnessed by Mildred Garris on 2/16/99. Also signed by Roy S. Pfeil, Publisher. Signed on a special signature page by Maya Angelou with the sentiment Joy!. Maya Angelou (born… Read more about this item
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1969
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New York: Random House, 1969. First Edition, First Printing. First edition, first printing - as stated on the copyright page. With number line going down to 2 as called for with the publisher Random House. Signed by Maya Angelou on a professionally tipped in page from a signed limited edition, therefore the authenticity is guaranteed. Measures approximately 8.5" x… Read more about this item
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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