Individual Author Record
Name: Festus Claudius McKayPen Name: Claude McKay Genre: Born: September 15, 1989 Sunny Ville, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, British West Indies (now Jamaica) Sites:
Illinois ConnectionFestus McKay lived in Chicago from 1944 until his death in 1948.
Biographical and Professional InformationFestus Claudius McKay was a Jamaican-American writer and poet. McKay left for the U.S. in 1912 to attend Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute, but did not become an American citizen until 1940. He was shocked at the racism he encountered here and was attracted to communism in his early life, but he was never a member of the Communist Party. Becoming disillusioned with communism, McKay embraced the social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, to which he converted in 1944.
- A Long Way from Home (autobiography), Furman (New York), 1937
- Harlem, Negro Metropolis (non-fiction), Dutton (New York), 1940
- Selected Poems, Bookman (New York), 1953
- The Dialectic Poetry of Claude McKay, Books for Libraries Press, 1972
- The Passion of Claude McKay, Schocken, 1973
- My Green Hills of Jamaica and Five Jamaican Short Stories, Howard University Press, 1975
- Harlem Glory, Kerr (Chicago), 1990
- Romance in Marseilles, University of Exeter Press, 1995
- Selected Poems, Dover Publications, 1999
- Complete Poems, University of Illinois Press, 2003
Titles At Your Library
A Long Way From Home (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas (MELA))
ISBN: 0813539676 Rutgers University Press. 2007
Claude McKay (1889–1948) was one of the most prolific and sophisticated African American writers of the early twentieth century. A Jamaican-born author of poetry, short stories, novels, and nonfiction, McKay has often been associated with the “New Negro” or Harlem Renaissance, a movement of African American art, culture, and intellectualism between World War I and the Great Depression. But his relationship to the movement was complex. Literally absent from Harlem during that period, he devoted most of his time to traveling through Europe, Russia, and Africa during the 1920s and 1930s. His active participation in Communist groups and the radical Left also encouraged certain opinions on race and class that strained his relationship to the Harlem Renaissance and its black intelligentsia.In his 1937 autobiography, A Long Way from Home, McKay explains what it means to be a black “rebel sojourner” and presents one of the first unflattering, yet informative, exposés of the Harlem Renaissance. Reprinted here with a critical introduction by Gene Andrew Jarrett, this book will challenge readers to rethink McKay’s articulation of identity, art, race, and politics and situate these topics in terms of his oeuvre and his literary contemporaries between the world wars.
Harlem, Negro metropolis
ISBN: 0156389460 Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1968 Book by McKay, Claude
Selected Poems of Claude McKay
ISBN: 0805758488 Harcourt. 1969
Dialect Poetry of Claude McKay (The Black heritage library collection)
ISBN: 0836989821 Ayer Co Pub. 1990
Harlem Glory: A Fragment Of Aframerican Life
ISBN: 0882861638 Charles H Kerr. 1990 Written in the late 1940s but unpublished till now, this superb portrayal of Black life during the Great Depression and the New Deal is virtually a sequel to the classic Home to Harlem. Mckay's vivid, warm evocations of the omnipresent numbers racket, all-night jazz parties and the whole exuberant and cacophonous clash of social movements and ideologies - Black nationalism and industrial unionism as well as incipient Muslim and other heterodox religious formations - provide the context for a fast-paced narrative of love, work, play and revolt in Black America during one of the most stirring periods in US history. Astutely sensitive to the extraordinary vitality and diversity of Black culture, and drawing on the author's experiences in the IWW and the extreme Left of the socialist movement, Harlem Glory reveals Claude McKay at his very best.
Selected Poems (Dover Thrift Editions)
ISBN: 0486408760 Dover Publications. 1999
In his 1918 autobiographical essay, "A Negro Poet Writes," Claude McKay (1889–1948), reveals much about the wellspring of his poetry.