There is a problem with the new Maya Angelou stamp April 8, 2015 – Posted in: books in design, Content – Tags: ,

Angelou stamp

The United States Post Office has joined the National Poetry Month festivities with its release of a limited edition stamp of poet Maya Angelou.

Unfortunately there is a pretty big problem, the quote used on the stamp is not Angelou’s.

It comes from the 1967 book of poems A Cup of Sun by Joan Walsh Anglund and, apparently, it has somehow become over the years attributed to Angelou and her classic work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

The Post Office (and most of the rest us) had no idea the quote originated with Anglund.

No word yet on what, if any, action the Post Office or the literary police will take.

Angelou USPS stamp

Book author Joan Walsh Anglund says of Angelou stamp: ‘That’s my quote’ | Washington Post 

top image: Screen shot from USPS home page.

 

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