Clarice Lispector (December 10, 1920 – December 9, 1977) was a Brazilian writeracclaimed internationally for her innovative novels and short stories. She has been the subject of numerous books, and references to her and her work are common in Brazilian literature and music. Several of her works have been turned into films. The American writer Benjamin Moser published her bio, and since that publication, her works have been the object of an extensive project of retranslation. Moser, who is also the editor of a her anthology The Complete Stories (2015), describes Lispector as the most important Jewish writer in the world since Kafka.
Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of Black culture. Her books center on themes such as racism, identity, family, and travel.