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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375504060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375504068
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phenomenal Woman is a phenomenal poem that speaks to us of where we are as women at the dawn of a new century.  In a clear voice, Maya Angelou vividly reminds us of our towering strength and beauty.  Here is a poem that radiates wisdom and conviction, renewing our belief in the glory and tender mercies of our gender.

Married to the extraordinary paintings Paul Gauguin, this book becomes a visionary commemoration of all that is wondrous in women.  Gauguin painted women with exuberance and joy, reveling in their strength and beauty.  His portraits are of women of color, women of power, women who gaze out at the viewer with the same quiet resolve and inner mystery that Angelou celebrates in her poem.

Though Gauguin died twenty-five years before Angelou was born and these two artists lived very different lives in very different cultures, their work coalesces perfectly in this one glorious volume.

Here is the ultimate gift for the phenomenal woman in your life--wife, lover, relative, teacher, friend.  There's hardly a woman alive today who will not relate to the words of the poet Maya Angelou and the images of painter Paul Gauguin.

About the Author

Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, and Mother. Maya Angelou died in 2014.

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), the French Post-impressionist painter, abandoned  his family and his career as a stockbroker to paint in Tahiti and other exotic locations.  According to some art scholars, modern art began with Paul Gauguin.  Today his work is in the permanent collections of museums all over the world.

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Customer Reviews

I always love Maya Angelou poems and poetry.
Rosalinda Davis
The poems contained between the covers of this small but powerful book articulate the strength and beauty of womanhood.
Roses
My twelve year old niece read the book and fell in love with it.
Patricia McInnis

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What makes this book so unique and fabulous is the combination of Maya Angelou's "phenomenal poem" and Paul Gauguin's exotic paintings. It's unbelievable how well the two art forms go together. I've lost count of how many times I've read the book. I just keep going back to reread the poem and stare at the pictures. ... It's a great gift idea for a girlfriend.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Markisha on December 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Phenomenal Woman is an AMAZING poem that has touched so many females, showing that it is not whats on the outside that counts. showing that you dont have to be pretty or skinny to be phenomenal. this poem is one of my favorites because it made me stop worrying about what people think of me. i love this poem because when i am feeling ugly or fat i can read this poem and it will make me feel so much better.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Patricia McInnis on February 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Maya Angelou's book "Phenomenal Woman" is a celebration of women regardless of race, creed, or color. The poems contained between the covers of this small but powerful book articulate the strength and beauty of womanhood. I display the book on my coffee table along with other books. My twelve year old niece read the book and fell in love with it. She has asked me to buy a copy for her.I will buy a copy for her and my other nieces and nephews.
Maya, keep writing - you are a Queen and a "Phenomenal Woman"!
Patricia McInnis
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By harriett mayers on January 25, 2001
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Phenomenal Woman is a "sassy", provocative, intriguing, and alluring poem. Dr. Angelou delves into the soul of every woman and reaches up with the truth. I have admired Dr. Angelou since I read her autobiography (I Know why the Caged Bird Sings, et al.) since my high school days. She truly is an inspiration! Thank you, Maya!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By GabbaF on November 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful collection of poems celebrating women. This book of four very soulful, strong, empowering poems has quickly become a favorite. I would recommend this book as a gift for any woman. Or better yet, buy it for yourself - you won't regret it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Lark on August 21, 2005
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I heard Oprah recite the title poem at her workshop and had to have it. It is a great little book and would make a nice gift for a 'phenomenal woman'
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ellie Gant on March 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Phenomenal Woman is an outstanding prose by Dr. Maya Angelou. The piece pays tribute to the indomitable spirit of the brave women ... particularly women of color who have been marginalized because of their looks. However, this book is enhanced by art that displays the diversity of these amazing women... and as such, I think it makes a unique gift. It is a gift that tells the women you admire that you honor them in more ways than one. It's an outstanding gift for the women who already are phenomenal... and those well on their way.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2000
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She is a phenomanel woman, who is able to articulate the female soul phenomanelly!
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