Tuesday, 15 September 2015

126th birthday of Claude McKay

(Born 15 September 1889, Nairne Castle, Clarendon, Jamaica)
One of the leading intellectuals of the 1920s-1930s Harlem Renaissance – prolific poet, novelist, autobiographer, essayist, journalist, whose works include “If We Must Die” (1919), Harlem Shadows (1922), Home to Harlem (1928),  Banjo (1929), A Long Way from Home (1937),  Harlem (1940), My Green Hills of Jamaica (1979) and Amiable With Big Teeth (the eagerly awaited new novel from a 1941 McKay manuscript discovered in 2009 [68 years later!] in Columbia University archives)


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