Claude McKay

Claude McKay

Rebel Sojourner in the Harlem Renaissance

eBook - 1996
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Although recognized today as one of the genuine pioneers of black literature in this century-the author of "If We Must Die," Home to Harlem, Banana Bottom, and A Long Way from Home, among other works-Claude McKay (1890-1948) died penniless and almost forgotten in a Chicago hospital. In this masterly study, Wayne Cooper presents a fascinating, detailed account of McKay's complex, chaotic, and frequently contradictory life. In his poetry and fiction, as well as in his political and social commentaries, McKay searched for a solid foundation for a valid black identity among the working-class cultures of the West Indies and the United States. He was an undeniably important predecessor to such younger writers of the Harlem Renaissance as Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen, and also to influential West Indian and African writers such as C. L. R. James and Aimé Césaire. Knowledge of his life adds important dimensions to our understanding of American radicalism, the expatriates of the 1920s, and American literature.
Publisher: [United States] : LSU Press : Made available through hoopla, 1996
ISBN: 9780807167298
0807167290
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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