`This testimony from a black sister marks the beginning of a new era in the minds and hearts of all black men and women... I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity. I have no words for this achievement, but I know that not since the days of my childhood, when the people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself so moved... Her portrait is a biblical study in life in the midst of death.`--James Baldwin
`Simultaneously touching and comic`--`New York Times`
`It is a heroic and beautiful book.`--`Clevland Plain Dealer`
`Maya Angelou is a natural writer with an inordinate sense of life and she has written and exceptional autobiographical narrative... a beautiful book--an unconditionally involving memoir for our time or any time.`--`Kirkus Reviews`.