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Maya Angelou

1928 - 2014

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Maya Angelou ( AN-jə-loh; born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American memoirist, poet, 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. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maya Angelou has received more than 14,017,147 page views. Her biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 98 in 2019). Maya Angelou is the 659th most popular writer (up from 750th in 2019), the 718th most popular biography from United States (up from 806th in 2019) and the 72nd most popular American Writer.

Maya Angelou is most famous for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The book tells the story of her life from the age of three to seventeen.

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  • 103

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.94

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  • 7.96

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Among writers, Maya Angelou ranks 659 out of 5,755Before her are Columella, Frontinus, William Saroyan, Oliver Sacks, Georges Perec, and Dimitrie Cantemir. After her are Ismail Gaspirali, Alfred de Vigny, Sven Hassel, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Walter Raleigh, and Raymond Queneau.

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Among people born in 1928, Maya Angelou ranks 38Before her are Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Martin Landau, Alberto Korda, Martin Cooper, Hans Küng, and Geert Hofstede. After her are Domenico Modugno, Carlos Fuentes, Lina Wertmüller, Tommaso Buscetta, Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, and Hardy Krüger. Among people deceased in 2014, Maya Angelou ranks 32Before her are Virna Lisi, Louis Zamperini, H. R. Giger, Adolfo Suárez, Martin Lewis Perl, and Jack Brabham. After her are Masaru Emoto, Lorin Maazel, Bob Hoskins, Mickey Rooney, Robert A. Dahl, and Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Maya Angelou ranks 718 out of 18,182Before her are Harold Urey (1893), James Rainwater (1917), Wes Craven (1939), John Goodman (1952), William Saroyan (1908), and Billy Graham (1918). After her are Asaph Hall (1829), Les Paul (1915), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1977), Omar Bradley (1893), Robert McNamara (1916), and Dolly Parton (1946).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Maya Angelou ranks 72Before her are Anne Rice (1941), Robert Ludlum (1927), John Irving (1942), Thomas Harris (1940), Robert E. Howard (1906), and William Saroyan (1908). After her are Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), Patricia Highsmith (1921), Nellie Bly (1864), H. L. Mencken (1880), Ursula K. Le Guin (1929), and Neal Cassady (1926).

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