Claude McKay

Claude McKay (məkā´), 1890–1948, American poet and novelist, b. Jamaica, studied at Tuskegee and the Univ. of Kansas. A major figure of the Harlem Renaissance, McKay is best remembered for his poems treating racial themes. His works include the volumes of poetry Spring in New Hampshire (1920) and Harlem Shadows (1922); and the novels Home to Harlem (1927), Banjo (1929), and Banana Bottom (1933). For years McKay was involved in radical political activities, but he became increasingly disillusioned, and in 1944 he converted to Roman Catholicism.

See his autobiography, A Long Way from Home (1937).

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Claude McKay: A Black Poet's Struggle for Identity
Tyrone Tillery.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1992
A Long Way from Home
Claude McKay; Gene Andrew Jarrett.
Rutgers University Press, 2007
"A Chafing Savage, Down the Decent Street": The Politics of Compromise in Claude McKay's Protest Sonnets
Keller, James R.
African American Review, Vol. 28, No. 3, Fall 1994
The Harlem Renaissance: The One and the Many
Mark Helbling.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "'Universality of Life under the Different Colors and Patterns': Claude McKay"
Dialect of Modernism: Race, Language, and Twentieth-Century Literature
Michael North.
Oxford University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Quashie to Buccra: The Linguistic Expatriation of Claude McKay"
Of Dreams Deferred, Dead or Alive: African Perspectives on African-American Writers
Femi Ojo-Ade.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Claude McKay: The Tragic Solitude of an Exiled Son of Africa"
Black American Poets and Dramatists of the Harlem Renaissance
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "Claude McKay" begins on p. 110
Harlem Renaissance Re-Examined
Victor A. Kramer; Robert A. Russ.
Whitston, 1997 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: "'There's No Place like Home': The Carnival of Black Life in Claude McKay's Home to Harlem" begins on p. 355
Race and the Modern Artist
Heather Hathaway; Josef JaŘab; Jeffrey Melnick.
Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Exploring 'Something New': The 'Modernism' of Claude McKay's Harlem Shadows" begins on p. 54
The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition
Bernard W. Bell.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "Festus Claudius McKay" begins on p. 116
Fifty Caribbean Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Daryl Cumber Dance.
Greenwood Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: "Claude McKay (1889-1948)" begins on p. 284
African American Authors, 1745-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Emmanuel S. Nelson.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Claude McKay (1889-1948)" begins on p. 338
The Last Word: Claude McKay's Unpublished 'Cycle Manuscript.'
Griffin, Barbara Jackson.
MELUS, Vol. 21, No. 1, Spring 1996
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