"THE BOOK IS A GEM": FIRST EDITION OF GATHER TOGETHER IN MY NAME, BOLDLY INSCRIBED BY MAYA ANGELOU
ANGELOU, Maya. Gather Together in My Name. New York: Random House, (1974). Octavo, original orange cloth, original dust jacket. $1600.
First edition of the eloquent second book in Angelou's autobiographical series begun with I Know Why the Caged Bird Singes, a lovely copy inscribed by her, "Joy! Maya Angelou."
With this important second book in her autobiographical series, "Angelou's original goal—to tell the truth about the lives of Black women"—broadened and evolved. To critic Selwyn Cudjoe, the book took a major new step to the course laid by I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969): "Angelou is still concerned with questions of what it means to be Black and female in America… but her development is reflective of a particular type of Black woman, located at a particular moment of history." Here Angelou's writing "exhibits a new self-consciousness" (New Yorker). Her poignant memoir won swift praise as "engrossing and vital, rich and funny and wise… Angelou writes like a song and like the truth" (New York Times). "The book is a gem" (Chicago Tribune). First edition, first printing: with "First Edition" on copyright page.
A fine copy.