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A Song Flung Up to Heaven

Maya Angelou

The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated. Devastated, she tries to put her life back together, working on the stage in local theaters and even conducting a door-to-door survey in Watts. Then Watts explodes in violence, a riot she describes firsthand. Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visits black churches all over America to help support King's Poor People's March. But once again tragedy strikes. King is assassinated, and this time Angelou completely withdraws from the world, unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party-where the idea for writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is born. In fact, A Song Flung Up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences of Caged Bird.

The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated. Devastated, she tries to put her life back together, working on the stage in local theaters and even conducting a door-to-door survey in Watts. Then Watts explodes in violence, a riot she describes firsthand. Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visits black churches all over America to help support King's Poor People's March. But once again tragedy strikes. King is assassinated, and this time Angelou completely withdraws from the world, unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party-where the idea for writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is born. In fact, A Song Flung Up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences of Caged Bird.
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The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated. Devastated, she tries to put her life back together, working on the stage in local theaters and even conducting a door-to-door survey in Watts. Then Watts explodes in violence, a riot she describes firsthand. Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visits black churches all over America to help support King's Poor People's March. But once again tragedy strikes. King is assassinated, and this time Angelou completely withdraws from the world, unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party-where the idea for writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is born. In fact, A Song Flung Up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences of Caged Bird.

Language:

English

Length:

4h 38m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:08


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:20


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:53


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:19


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:40


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:26


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:49


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:26


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:59


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:16


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:19


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:38