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: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! The Book of American Negro Poetry: Chosen and Edited, with an Essay on the Negro's Creative Genius By James Weldon Johnson; James Weldon Johnson Harcourt, Brace, 1922
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Claude McKay: A Black Poet's Struggle for Identity By Tyrone Tillery University of Massachusetts Press, 1992
A Long Way from Home By Claude McKay; Gene Andrew Jarrett Rutgers University Press, 2007
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"A Chafing Savage, Down the Decent Street": The Politics of Compromise in Claude McKay's Protest Sonnets By Keller, James R African American Review, Vol. 28, No. 3, Fall 1994
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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The Harlem Renaissance: The One and the Many By 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 By 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 By 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 By Harold Bloom Chelsea House, 1995
Librarian's tip: "Claude McKay" begins on p. 110
Harlem Renaissance Re-Examined By 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 By 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
African American Authors, 1745-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook By 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.' By Griffin, Barbara Jackson MELUS, Vol. 21, No. 1, Spring 1996
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Black Masculinities as Marronage: Claude Mckay's Representation of Black Male Subjectivities in Metropolitan Spaces By Hugh Brown, Jarrett Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1, March 2012
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"The Loud Music of Life": Representations of Jazz in the Novels of Claude McKay By Barros, Paul de The Antioch Review, Vol. 57, No. 3, Summer 1999
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