Maya Angelou

  • Je sais pourquoi chante l'oiseau en cage

    Maya Angelou

    • Le livre de poche
    • 30 September 2009

    Dans les années 1930, Maya vit une enfance de pauvreté et de ségrégation à Stamps, dans l'Arkansas. Élevée avec son frère par leur grand-mère, elle désire retrouver la figure gracieuse de leur mère. Mais les retrouvailles s'entachent d'une nouvelle trahison : Mr. Freeman, son beau-père, viole la fillette. Quand ils l'apprennent, ses oncles assassinent le coupable relâché par la justice, traumatisme sur le traumatisme qui enferme Maya dans un mutisme profond. Qui pouvait deviner que cette petite fille blessée, muette, qui se méfie du pouvoir des mots et découvre en silence la lecture, deviendrait l'une des plus grandes voix de la littérature américaine ?

    « Cette misérable petite confrontation n'avait aucun rapport avec moi, mon moi profond, pas plus qu'avec cette employée idiote. L'incident faisait partie d'un cauchemar à répétition, concocté des années auparavant par des Blancs stupides et qui revenait éternellement nous hanter tous. La secrétaire et moi étions comme Hamlet et Laërte dans leur scène finale où, sous le prétexte du tort causé par un ancêtre à un autre, nous étions condamnées à nous battre en duel jusqu'à la mort. » M. A.

    Traduction française par Christiane Besse (Librairie Générale Française, 2012).

  • Et pourtant je m'élève

    Maya Angelou

    • Seghers
    • 10 February 2022

    " Vous entendrez la femme royale, la fille de la rue espiègle ; vous entendrez le prix de la survie de la femme noire et vous entendrez sa générosité. " James BaldwinLongtemps, Maya Angelou a été méconnue du public français, avant d'être célébrée à sa juste mesure depuis 2008 pour ses romans autobiographiques, dont le célèbre
    Je sais pourquoi chantel'oiseau en cage. Activiste et écrivaine, Angelou l'était bien sûr, mais elle se considérait aussi comme une poète. Au début de sa carrière, elle alternait la publication de chaque texte autobiographique avec un recueil.
    Et pourtant je m'élève, son troisième opus publié en 1978, demeure l'un de ses plus emblématiques. Composé de 32 poèmes, divisés en trois parties, il révèle une Maya Angelou dans sa pleine maturité poétique, tour à tour sentimentale ou engagée, évoquant aussi bien des motifs intimes (l'amour, la maternité, la famille), que les thèmes ouvertement politiques (les difficultés de la vie urbaine, la maltraitance, la drogue, le racisme du vieux Sud). Ce qui caractérise sa voix est une détermination sans faille à surmonter les épreuves, quelle qu'elles soient, et la confiance, la force, la fierté qu'elle puise dans son identité de femme noire. Si Maya Angelou réjouit le lecteur d'aujourd'hui, c'est parce que son sens de la provocation et de la formule ne se départit jamais d'humour et ne verse jamais ni dans le désespoir, ni le communautarisme ou la haine de l'autre. Elle est cette femme phénoménale dont le poème éponyme brosse le portrait, et nous enjoint de le devenir à notre tour :
    Je dis,C'est le feu dans mes yeux,Et l'éclat de mes dents,Le swing de mes hanches,Et la gaieté dans mes pieds.Je suis une femmePhénoménalementFemme phénoménaleC'est ce que je suis.

  • Tant que je serai noire

    Maya Angelou

    • Le livre de poche
    • 30 September 2009

    Figure emblématique de l'histoire des États-Unis, Maya Angelou s'est engagée corps et âme dans le xxe siècle américain. Tant que je serai noire débute en 1957 lorsque, décidée à devenir écrivain, elle part avec son fils, Guy, pour rejoindre Harlem, épicentre de l'activité intellectuelle des Noirs américains. Elle participe aux bouleversements de l'époque et rencontre des artistes comme Billie Holiday et James Baldwin, et les leaders du mouvement des droits civiques, Malcolm X et Martin Luther King. Enfin, conquise par Vusumzi Make, qui se bat pour la liberté des Noirs d'Afrique du Sud, elle part vivre en Afrique, théâtre des luttes anticolonialistes, où elle devient journaliste. Ce récit autobiographique dessine le portrait d'une femme exceptionnelle qui a intégré, jusqu'au coeur de sa vie intime, une véritable révolution mondiale, culturelle et politique.

  • Rassemblez-vous en mon nom

    Maya Angelou

    • Noir sur blanc
    • 20 August 2020

    Silhouette imposante, port de tête altier, elle fait résonner la voix d'une femme noire, fière et volontaire, qui va devoir survivre dans un monde d'une extrême dureté, dominé par les Blancs. Une voix riche et drôle, passionnée et douce qui, malgré les discriminations, porte l'espoir et la joie, l'accomplissement et la reconnaissance, et défend farouchement son droit à la liberté.
    Après l'inoubliablement beau Je sais pourquoi chante l'oiseau en cage, Maya Angelou poursuit ici son cycle autobiographique. Maya Angelou fut poétesse, écrivaine, actrice, militante, enseignante et réalisatrice. Elle a mené de nombreux combats avant de devenir une icône contemporaine qui a inspiré la vie de millions de personnes. Elle a côtoyé Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X et James Baldwin. À sa mort, Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Oprah Winfrey, Emma Watson, J. K. Rowling et beaucoup d'autres encore lui ont rendu hommage.
    « L'un des plus grands esprits que notre monde ait jamais connus. (...) Ses mots m'ont soutenue à chaque étape de mon existence. »
    Michelle Obama
    « Maya Angelou, c'est un feu. Un feu d'invincible joie, qui anéantit l'adversité et embrase la combativité. Un feu qui éclaire, m'éclaire encore. »
    Christiane Taubira
    Maya Angelou fut poète, écrivaine, actrice, enseignante et réalisatrice. En 2013, en tant que militante des droits civiques américains, elle a reçu le National Book Award pour « service exceptionnel rendu à la communauté littéraire américaine ». Elle est décédée le 28 mai 2014 à l'âge de 86 ans.

  • Un billet d'avion pour l'Afrique

    Maya Angelou

    • Le livre de poche
    • 3 October 2012

    En 1962, Maya Angelou, de passage à Accra avec son fils, tente l'expérience du « retour » en Afrique. À l'époque, le Ghana, dirigé par Kwame Nkrumah, lutte pour l'émancipation du continent noir et fait figure de « terre promise » aux yeux des Noirs américains en quête de leurs racines. L'expérience se révèle difficile pour bien des membres de la diaspora, incapables de communiquer avec les Ghanéens et blessés par l'indifférence ou la méfiance que ceux-ci leur témoignent. Maya, qui trouve un emploi et apprend le fanti, rencontre notamment Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali et W.E.B. Du Bois pendant son séjour. En 1964, plus combative que jamais, elle prendra un billet d'avion pour l'Amérique.Une oeuvre dont le propos sur les identités atteint l'universel et reste d'une actualité brûlante. Éric Paquin, Voir.

  • Anglais Phenomenal Woman

    Maya Angelou

    • Random house publishing group digital
    • 5 October 2011

    Maya Angelou, the bestselling author of On the Pulse of Morning, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and other lavishly praised works, is considered one of America's finest poets. Here, four of her most highly acclaimed poems are assembled in a beautiful gift edition that provides a feast for the eyes as well as the heart. (Poetry)
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais Amazing Peace

    Maya Angelou

    • Random house publishing group digital
    • 21 October 2009

    In this beautiful, deeply moving poem, Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world. "Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward," she writes, "and speak the word aloud. Peace."
    Read by the poet at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House on December 1, 2005, Maya Angelou's celebration of the "Glad Season" is a radiant affirmation of the goodness of life and a beautiful holiday gift for people of all faiths.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais Mother

    Maya Angelou

    • Random house publishing group digital
    • 21 January 2009

    Poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then moved to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she has also written a cookbook, Hallelujah! The Welcome Table; five poetry collections, including I Shall Not Be Moved and Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?; and the celebrated poems "On the Pulse of Morning," which she read at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton, and "Amazing Peace," which she read at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., in December 2005.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais Hallelujah! The Welcome Table

    Maya Angelou

    • Random house publishing group digital
    • 3 June 2009

    Throughout Maya Angelou's life, from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, to her world travels as a bestselling writer, good food has played a central role. Preparing and enjoying homemade meals provides a sense of purpose and calm, accomplishment and connection. Now in Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, Angelou shares memories pithy and poignant-and the recipes that helped to make them both indelible and irreplaceable.
    Angelou tells us about the time she was expelled from school for being afraid to speak-and her mother baked a delicious maple cake to brighten her spirits. She gives us her recipe for short ribs along with a story about a job she had as a cook at a Creole restaurant (never mind that she didn't know how to cook and had no idea what Creole food might entail). There was the time in London when she attended a wretched dinner party full of wretched people; but all wasn't lost-she did experience her initial taste of a savory onion tart. She recounts her very first night in her new home in Sonoma, California, when she invited M. F. K. Fisher over for cassoulet, and the evening Deca Mitford roasted a chicken when she was beyond tipsy-and created Chicken Drunkard Style. And then there was the hearty brunch Angelou made for a homesick Southerner, a meal that earned her both a job offer and a prophetic compliment: "If you can write half as good as you can cook, you are going to be famous."
    Maya Angelou is renowned in her wide and generous circle of friends as a marvelous chef. Her kitchen is a social center. From fried meat pies, chicken livers, and beef Wellington to caramel cake, bread pudding, and chocolate éclairs, the one hundred-plus recipes included here are all tried and true, and come from Angelou's heart and her home. Hallelujah! The Welcome Table is a stunning collaboration between the two things Angelou loves best: writing and cooking.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

    Maya Angelou

    • Random house publishing group digital
    • 23 November 2011

    Wisdom from a remarkable woman of many talents--a writer who captured America's heart on Inauguration Day.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes

    Maya Angelou

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 4 April 2013

    Maya Angelou's five volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In the fifth volume, Maya Angelou emigrates to Ghana only to discover that 'you can't go home again' but she comes to a new awareness of love and friendship, civil rights and slavery - and the myth of mother Africa.

  • Anglais A Song Flung Up to Heaven

    Maya Angelou

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 2 September 2010

    It is 1964 and Maya Angelou is on her way back home, leaving behind her beloved - and now seriously teenage - son Guy, to finish university in Ghana. America is pulsing with the challenge of change, the civil rights movement is in full swing and that's where Maya Angelou wants to be, working alongside her friends Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.In this marvellous account, Maya Angelou provides, with her customary wisdom, compassion and wit, a first-hand record of an extraordinarily exciting and tragic political period. She writes of 'Jimmy' Baldwin, Eldridge Cleaver, and of friends and family, and finishes with the beginnings of her career as one of America's most impressive memoir writers.

  • Anglais Gather Together in My Name

    Maya Angelou

    • Random house publishing group digital
    • 21 April 2009

    In this incredible second book in a series of autobiographies, the poet, still in her teens, gives birth to a son, tries to keep a job, falls in love, dances, falls out of love, chases after her kidnapped baby, and goes to work in a house of prostitution thinking she is helping the man she loves.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais The Heart of a Woman

    Maya Angelou

    • Random house publishing group digital
    • 21 April 2009

    Maya Angelou has fascinated, moved, and inspired countless readers with the first three volumes of her autobiography, one of the most remarkable personal narratives of our age. Now, in her fourth volume, The Heart of a Woman, her turbulent life breaks wide open with joy as the singer-dancer enters the razzle-dazzle of fabulous New York City. There, at the Harlem Writers Guild, her love for writing blazes anew.
    Her compassion and commitment lead her to respond to the fiery times by becoming the northern coordinator of Martin Luther King's history-making quest. A tempestuous, earthy woman, she promises her heart to one man only to have it stolen, virtually on her weding day, by a passionate African freedom fighter.
    Filled with unforgettable vignettes of famous characters, from Billie Holiday to Malcolm X, The Heart of a Woman sings with Maya Angelou's eloquent prose -- her fondest dreams, deepest disappointments, and her dramatically tender relationship with her rebellious teenage son. Vulnerable, humorous, tough, Maya speaks with an intimate awareness of the heart within all of us.
    From the Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

    Maya Angelou

    • Random house publishing group digital
    • 21 April 2009

    In this third self-contained volume of her autobiography, which began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou moves into the adult world, and the white world as well, as she marries, enters show business, and tours Europe and Africa in Porgy and Bess.
    As the book opens, Maya, in order to support herself and her young son, gets a job in a record shop run by a white woman. Suspicious of almost any kindness shown her, she is particularly confused by the special attentions of a young white customer. Soon the relationship grows into love and then marriage, and Maya believes a permanent relationship is finally possible. But it is not to be, and she is again forced to look for work.
    This time she finds a job as a dancer in a sleazy San Francisco bar. Her remarkable talent, however, soon brings her attention of a different kind, and before long she is singing in one of the most popular nightclubs on the coast. From there, she is called to New York to join the cast of Porgy and Bess, which is just about to begin another tour abroad.
    The troupe's joyous and dramatic adventure through Italy, France, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Egypt becomes the centerpiece of Singin' and Swingin'. This remarkable portrayal of one of the most exciting and talented casts ever put together, and of the encounters between these larger-than-life personalities and audiences who had rarely seen black people before, makes a hilarious and poignant story. The excitement of the journey -- full of camaraderie, love affairs, and memorable personalities -- is dampened only by Maya's nagging guilt that she has once again abandoned the person she loves most in life, her son.
    Back home, and driven close to suicide by her guilt and concern, she takes her son with her to Hawaii, where she discovers that devotion and love, in spite of forced absence, have the power to heal and sustain.
    As always, Maya Angelou's writing is charged with that remarkable sense of life and love and unique celebration of the human condition that have won her such a loyal following.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais Letter to My Daughter

    Maya Angelou

    • Random house publishing group digital
    • 23 September 2008

    For a world of devoted readers, a much-awaited new volume of absorbing stories and inspirational wisdom from one of our best-loved writers.
    Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight.
    Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons in compassion and fortitude: how she was brought up by her indomitable grandmother in segregated Arkansas, taken in at thirteen by her more worldly and less religious mother, and grew to be an awkward, six-foot-tall teenager whose first experience of loveless sex paradoxically left her with her greatest gift, a son.
    Whether she is recalling such lost friends as Coretta Scott King and Ossie Davis, extolling honesty, decrying vulgarity, explaining why becoming a Christian is a "lifelong endeavor," or simply singing the praises of a meal of red rice-Maya Angelou writes from the heart to millions of women she considers her extended family.
    Like the rest of her remarkable work, Letter to My Daughter entertains and teaches; it is a book to cherish, savor, re-read, and share.
    "I gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters. You are Black and White, Jewish and Muslim, Asian, Spanish speaking, Native Americans and Aleut. You are fat and thin and pretty and plain, gay and straight, educated and unlettered, and I am speaking to you all. Here is my offering to you."
    -from Letter to My Daughter
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais Great Food, All Day Long

    Maya Angelou

    • Random house publishing group digital
    • 14 December 2010

    “At one time, I described myself as a cook, a driver, and a writer. I no longer drive, but I do still write and I do still cook. And having reached the delicious age of eighty-one, I realize that I have been feeding other people and eating for a long time. I have been cooking nearly all my life, so I have developed some philosophies.”
    Renowned and beloved author Maya Angelou returns to the kitchen--both hers and ours--with her second cookbook, filled with time-tested recipes and the intimate, autobiographical sketches of how they came to be. Inspired by Angelou’s own dramatic weight loss, the focus here is on good food, well-made and eaten in moderation. When preparing for a party, for example, Angelou says, “Remember, cooking large amounts of food does not mean that you are obligated to eat large portions.” When you create food that is full of flavor, you will find that you need less of it to feel satisfied, and you can use one dish to nourish yourself all day long.
    And oh, what food you will create! Savor recipes for Mixed-Up Tamale Pie, All Day and Night Cornbread, Sweet Potatoes McMillan, Braised Lamb with White Beans, and Pytt I Panna (Swedish hash.) All the delicious dishes here can be eaten in small portions, and many times a day. More important, they can be converted into other mouth-watering incarnations. So Crown Roast of Pork becomes Pork Tacos and Pork Fried Rice, while Roasted Chicken becomes Chicken Tetrazzini and Chicken Curry. And throughout, Maya Angelou’s rich and wise voice carries the food from written word to body-and-soul-enriching experience.
    Featuring gorgeous illustrations throughout and Angelou’s own tips and tricks on everything from portion control to timing a meal, Great Food, All Day Long is an essential reference for everyone who wants to eat better and smarter--and a delightful peek into the kitchen and the heart of a remarkable woman.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou

    • Random house publishing group digital
    • 18 April 2012

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Maya Angelou’s classic memoirs have had an enduring impact on American literature and culture. Her life story is told in the documentary film And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS’s American Masters.
    This Modern Library edition contains 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 Traveling Shoes, and A Song Flung Up to Heaven.
    When I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published to widespread acclaim in 1969, Maya Angelou garnered the attention of an international audience with the triumphs and tragedies of her childhood in the American South. This soul-baring memoir launched a six-book epic spanning the sweep of the author’s incredible life. Now, for the first time, all six celebrated and bestselling autobiographies are available in this handsome one-volume edition.
    Dedicated fans and newcomers alike can follow the continually absorbing chronicle of Angelou’s life: her formative childhood in Stamps, Arkansas; the birth of her son, Guy, at the end of World War II; her adventures traveling abroad with the famed cast of Porgy and Bess; her experience living in a black expatriate “colony” in Ghana; her intense involvement with the civil rights movement, including her association with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X; and, finally, the beginning of her writing career.
    The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou traces the best and worst of the American experience in an achingly personal way. Angelou has chronicled her remarkable journey and inspired people of every generation and nationality to embrace life with commitment and passion.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais The Heart Of A Woman

    Maya Angelou

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 2 September 2010

    Maya Angelou's seven volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. The fourth volume of her enthralling autobiography finds Maya Angelou immersed in the world of black writers and artists in Harlem, working in the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King.'She has a great capacity for love, to give, and receive it' Margaret Busby

  • Anglais I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

    Maya Angelou

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 2 September 2010

    Maya Angelou's seven volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover.'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again' Maya Angelou

  • Anglais Letter To My Daughter

    Maya Angelou

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 4 November 2010

    Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to my Daughter reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: it's part guidebook, part memoir, part poetry - and pure delight.Here in short essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons about compassion and fortitude. Whether she is recalling lost friends, extolling honesty or simply singing the praises of a meal of red rice, Maya Angelou writes from the heart to millions of women.Like the rest of her remarkable work, Letter to My Daughter entertains and teaches. It is a book to cherish, savour, reread and share.

  • Anglais Gather Together In My Name

    Maya Angelou

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 2 September 2010

    Maya Angelou's volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In the sequel to her best-selling I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou is a young mother in California, unemployed, embarking on brief affairs and transient jobs in shops and night-clubs, turning to prostitution and the world of narcotics.

  • Anglais Singin' & Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

    Maya Angelou

    • Little brown book group digital
    • 2 September 2010

    Maya Angelou's five volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this her third marvellous volume, music and her son are the focus of Maya Angelou's life. She is on the edge of a new world: marriage, show business and a triumphant tour of 'Porgy and Bess'.

  • Anglais Celebrations

    Maya Angelou

    • Random house publishing group digital
    • 7 September 2011

    Grace, dignity, and eloquence have long been hallmarks of Maya Angelou's poetry. Her measured verses have stirred our souls, energized our minds, and healed our hearts. Whether offering hope in the darkest of nights or expressing sincere joy at the extraordinariness of the everyday, Maya Angelou has served as our common voice.
    Celebrations is a collection of timely and timeless poems that are an integral part of the global fabric. Several works have become nearly as iconic as Angelou herself: the inspiring "On the Pulse of Morning," read at President William Jefferson Clinton's 1993 inauguration; the heartening "Amazing Peace," presented at the 2005 lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House; "A Brave and Startling Truth," which marked the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations; and "Mother," which beautifully honors the first woman in our lives. Angelou writes of celebrations public and private, a bar mitzvah wish to her nephew, a birthday greeting to Oprah Winfrey, and a memorial tribute to the late Luther Vandross and Barry White.
    More than a writer, Angelou is a chronicler of history, an advocate for peace, and a champion for the planet, as well as a patriot, a mentor, and a friend. To be shared and cherished, the wisdom and poetry of Maya Angelou proves there is always cause for celebration.
    From the Hardcover edition.

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