Life Doesn’t Frighten Me – Maya Angelou (Basquiat Illus.) 1993 | 1st Edition


  • Author: Maya Angelou; Jean-Michel Basquiat illustrator
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, NY 1993
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: First Edition, Dust Jacket, Illustrated

First edition, first printing. Binding tight, head of the spine bumped w/ tiny tear to the rear board, internally fine, unmarked. Dust jacket rubbed at spine ends. Illustrated by the renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Near Fine in a Near Fine DJ.

Maya Angelou’s unforgettable poem is matched with the daring art of Jean-Michel Basquiat in this powerful ode to courage
Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn’t frighten me at all
Maya Angelou’s brave, defiant poem celebrates the courage within each of us, young and old. From the scary thought of panthers in the park to the unsettling scene of a new classroom, fearsome images are summoned and dispelled by the power of faith in ourselves.
Angelou’s strong words are matched by the daring vision of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose childlike style reveals the powerful emotions and fanciful imaginings of childhood. Together, Angelou’s words and Basquiat’s paintings create a place where every child, indeed every person, may experience his or her own fearlessness.
This brilliant introduction to poetry and contemporary art features brief biographies of Angelou and Basquiat and an afterword from the editor. A selected bibliography of Angelou’s books and a selected museum listing of Basquiat’s works open the door to further inspiration through the fine arts. 

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