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1 LSU Student 14 March 2018 Investigations in Biographical and Literary Analysis: Maya Angelou Marguerite Johnson was born in St. Louis, Missouri, April 4, 1928 . She later became known as Maya Angelou. According to the website Biography.com, her father Bailey Johnson and her mother Vivian Johnson had a large impact on Angelou’s life. Maya Angelou's works were profoundly affected by her encounters as a mother, the volatility of her youth, and the difficulties of experiencing childhood in America as an African American lady. Angelou’s battles made her into a grounded, autonomous lady who cared for individuals. Throughout all her compositions, Angelou’s real subjects were all motivated by a desire to defeat the battles that were present in her life. Throughout her life, Angelou was known to be a dancer, actress, teacher, waitress, activist, writer, and journalist. During the mid-1960s, Angelou began constructing her amazing poetry and books. The difficulties in Angelou’s youth her pushed her to become independent since she was not able to depend on anybody throughout her life, other than herself. Maya Angelou’s work and her life are totally interwoven, her harsh and astounding life creating motivation for her compositions. Angelou composed a multi-volume self-portraying narrative comprised of six books. These works include: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , Gather Together in My Name, Singin' and Swingin ' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas , The Heart of a Woman , All God's Children Need Traveli ng Shoes and A Song Flung Up to Heaven . Her personal works went together with regards to the occasions of her life. Angelou ’s experience of Figure 1 The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou (From amazon.com).
2 childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, helped her understand the racial disparity of her lif e - a little dark-skinned young lady in a nation dominated by white individuals. According to The New York Times Angelou was raised to believe that white young ladies lived more privileged lives over African American young ladies. Not standing with the opinion of the general public, Angelou ’s grandma ingrained confidence and pride in her , which would mold her and assist in guiding her throughout her life, especially the darker periods. At the age of eight, Angelou was raped by her m om's boyfriend. Following this terri fying episode, Angelou was mute for almost five years. Not able to control the depressive express she was in, Angelou ’s mom sent her to stay with her grandma in Stamps. Angelou decided move out to go stay with her dad, when realizing that was no better she moved out. Angelou began sleeping in a car at a car dump that purposed as houses for different children without homes . Angelou's harsh youth made her believe she needed to grow up rapidl y. S o, constrained into maturity, Angelou wound up pregnant at 16 years old and birthed her child, Guy. Angelou began an adventure to locate a "home," a place to belong to for her and her child. She had a daring life loaded with unsuccessful relationships, prostitution, and drugs. Above all her adventures the best part was her amazing journey as a mother. However,

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