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BEST Maya Angelou Books & Quotes of All Time

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
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Who Was Maya Angelou?

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.

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The Best Maya Angelou Books of All Time

Why these best Maya Angelou books and not others? To stay objective, I rank all my book recommendations by a combination of what’s most loved (Goodreads rating), what’s most popular (Goodreads review count) and what’s proven timlessly relevant (first publication date).

This isn’t a whimsical list. It’s a data-driven, crowdsourced collection of the best Maya Angelou books ever published as decided by book lovers like you.

And if you think something's missing? I LOVE book recommendations so if there are any other books by Maya Angelou that you think deserve mentioning, email me and I’ll be sure to include them in the next round of updates.

Until then, here are the best Maya Angelou books of all time...

Best Maya Angelou Books: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
A beautifully written, raw and vulnerable autobiography of the author's early years and struggles overcoming trauma and racism - by poet, memoirist and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou.
Published 1969 // 289 pages // Rated 4.3 over 465,600 reviews on Goodreads
Best Maya Angelou Books: Gather Together in My Name
2. Gather Together in My Name - Maya Angelou
Published 1974 // 224 pages // Rated 4.3 over 14,400 reviews on Goodreads
Best Maya Angelou Books: And Still I Rise
3. And Still I Rise - Maya Angelou
Published 1978 // 54 pages // Rated 4.4 over 7,100 reviews on Goodreads
Best Maya Angelou Books: The Complete Collected Poems
4. The Complete Collected Poems - Maya Angelou
Published 1994 // 273 pages // Rated 4.4 over 15,100 reviews on Goodreads
Best Maya Angelou Books: The Heart of a Woman
5. The Heart of a Woman - Maya Angelou
Published 1981 // 288 pages // Rated 4.2 over 21,500 reviews on Goodreads
Best Maya Angelou Books: Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas
6. Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas - Maya Angelou
Published 1976 // 288 pages // Rated 4.3 over 7,800 reviews on Goodreads
Best Maya Angelou Books: Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
7. Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now - Maya Angelou
Published 1993 // 127 pages // Rated 4.3 over 9,300 reviews on Goodreads
Best Maya Angelou Books: Letter to My Daughter
8. Letter to My Daughter - Maya Angelou
Published 1987 // 192 pages // Rated 4.1 over 25,300 reviews on Goodreads
Best Maya Angelou Books: Phenomenal Woman
9. Phenomenal Woman - Maya Angelou
Four Poems Celebrating Women
Published 1995 // 22 pages // Rated 4.6 over 5,300 reviews on Goodreads
Best Maya Angelou Books: All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
10. All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes - Maya Angelou
Published 1986 // 224 pages // Rated 4.3 over 6,600 reviews on Goodreads

Best Maya Angelou Quotes

Here are some of the best Maya Angelou of all time...

Best Maya Angelou Quotes: We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

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