Tagged: 1960s

Lit rec #244: “Love is the bone and sinew of my curse” (1960).

“I open my lunch on a hill of black cypress/Your fluted bones and acanthine hair are littered” Eternal,raw. THE COLOSSUS by Sylvia Plath

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Lit rec #148: In 1968, Baldwin took her to a dinner party at the cartoonist Jules Feiffer’s house. Angelou charmed guests with stories of her childhood; the next day, Feiffer’s wife called editor Robert Loomis at Random House and said that he should get Angelou to write a memoir. When he brought it up, Angelou said, “Absolutely not.” Loomis replied, “It’s just as well, because to write an autobiography as literature is just about impossible.” Angelou, who liked a challenge, said, “I’ll start tomorrow.” (1969)

Searing. James Baldwin called it “a Biblical study of life in the midst of death”. I KNOW WHY A CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou

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