Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas is the third book
of Maya Angelou's six-volume autobiography series. Set between 1949 and
1955, the book largely spans Angelou's twenties. In this volume,
Angelou describes her struggles to support her young son, form
meaningful relationships and forge a successful career in the
entertainment world. The work's 1976 publication was the first time an
African American woman had expanded her life story into a third volume.
Scholar Dolly McPherson called the book "a graphic portrait of the
adult self in bloom", while critic Lyman B. Hagen called it "a journey
of discovery and rebirth". In Swingin' and Singin, Angelou examines
many of the same subjects and themes in her previous autobiographies,
including travel, music, race, conflict, and motherhood. Angelou
depicts the conflict she felt as a single mother, despite her success
as a performer as she travels Europe with the musical Porgy and Bess.
Her depictions of her travels, which take up 40 percent of the book,
have roots in the African American slave narrative.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León set foot on Florida, becoming
the first European known to do so, purportedly while searching for the
Fountain of Youth in the New World.
War of the Second Coalition: British forces led by Vice Admiral Horatio
Nelson defeated the Dano-Norwegian fleet at the Battle of Copenhagen
off the coast of Copenhagen.
As the World Turns premiered on American television as the first
half-hour soap opera .
The Liberal Movement broke away from the Liberal and Country League in
Operation Defensive Shield: Approximately 200 Palestinian militants
fled the advancing Israel Defense Forces into the Church of the
Nativity in Bethlehem, starting a month-long standoff.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Restless, apprehensive and fidgety
Wikiquote quote of the day:
My spirit to yours dear brother,
Do not mind because many sounding your name do not understand you,
I do not sound your name, but I understand you,
I specify you with joy O my comrade to salute you, and to salute
those who are with you, before and since, and those to come also,
That we all labor together transmitting the same charge and
We few equals indifferent of lands, indifferent of times,
enclosers of all continents, all castes, allowers of all theologies,
Compassionaters, perceivers, rapport of men,
We walk silent among
disputes and assertions, but reject not the disputers nor any thing
that is asserted,
We hear the bawling and din, we are reach'd at by divisions,
jealousies, recriminations on every side,
They close peremptorily upon us to surround us, my comrade,
walk unheld, free, the whole earth over, journeying up and down till we
make our ineffaceable mark upon time and the diverse eras,
Till we saturate time and eras, that the men and women of races, ages
to come, may prove brethren and lovers as we are.