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What is the relationship between Angelou's poem "Caged bird" and book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"?

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was the first volume of Maya Angelou's autobigography, which eventually grew to seven volumes. Published in 1969, the title is taken from the third stanza of Paul ...
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What is the significance of the chapter title “Detention With Dolores”?

Here are several possibilities, which may not be entirely convincing on their own, but taken together may provide a fair justification for the chapter title. The title “Detention With Dolores” is ...
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Why do authors and publishers allow inscrutable titles?

The general question is impossible to answer, but in the specific case of Consider Phlebas I can make some guesses why the publisher did not insist on renaming it Mask of the Changer or Quest for the ...
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What does the title "Three Parts Dead" mean?

I sent a message to Max Gladstone via Reddit, and he replied: Hah, good question. The title springs from a Bertrand Russell quote, which I first stumbled upon out of context, but which is from his ...
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