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Claude McKay (1890–1948)

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Namn enligt folkbokföringen
McKay, Festus Claudius
Andra namn
Edwards, Eli
Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, New York, USA
Sunny Ville, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, British West Indies
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jamaica, British West Indies
Chicago, Illinois, USA
New York, New York, USA
Spain (visa alla 8)
London, England, UK
Tuskegee Institute
Kansas State University
short-story writer
Bontemps, Arna (friend)
The Liberator (editor)
International Socialist Club
Rationalist Press Association
Workers' Socialist Federation
Workers' Dreadnought
Priser och utmärkelser
James Weldon Johnson Literary Guild Award (1937)
Order of Jamaica (1977)
Kort biografi
Claude McKay (1889–1948), born Festus Claudius McKay, is widely regarded as one of the most important literary and political writers of the interwar period and the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Jamaica, he moved to the U.S. in 1912 to study at the Tuskegee Institute. In 1928, he published his most famous novel, Home to Harlem, which won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature. He also published two other novels, Banjo and Banana Bottom, as well as a collection of short stories, Gingertown, two autobiographical books, A Long Way from Home and My Green Hills of Jamaica, and a work of nonfiction, Harlem: Negro Metropolis. His Selected Poems was published posthumously, and in 1977 he was named the national poet of Jamaica.



“Theah’s life anywheres theah’s booze and jazz…”

Zeddy’s sage wisdom that he shares with Jake! They run around Harlem, chasing women and going to speakeasies and cabarets - drinking, gambling, and listening to jazz. Trying to find a woman to take care of them, both financial and physically. The story winds throughout Harlem, and a little aside on a train that Jake works on for a bit. It's a good story, and reminded me a lot of the "Beat" writing that came after. Glad I read it!… (mer)
Stahl-Ricco | Sep 22, 2021 |
I didn't really enjoy reading this book. But I loved it anyway. It felt more like a primary resource discovered in a dusty part of the smithsonian archive than it felt like a living novel. I can see why it stayed unpublished for many years. It's intellectually and ideologically complex, and it doesn't fit into any of the easy categories that were available to African American writers at the time (if they wanted to be published that is). I'm thinking for instance of Richard Wright's simplistic and polemical acceptance of communist thought in the last half of [b:Native Son|15622|Native Son|Richard Wright||3159084]. This book in contrast is self-critical and questioning and not at all simple. It mocks the attractions of communism as a possible way toward racial equality, but it is equally skeptical of other -isms. Because it is so much more a 'head' story than a 'heart' story it reminds me far more of Lionel Trilling's novel [b:The Middle of the Journey|544060|The Middle of the Journey|Lionel Trilling||391679] than of other Harlem Renaissance fiction--it's a novel of ideas, so much so that I could almost feel McKay debating between alternatives in his head as he wrote. Fascinating but not for the usual reasons.… (mer)
poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |
In Harlem Shadows (published 1922), McKay captures his shock and disappointment at the discrimination he found in the United States. Racial identity is a key theme throughout the volume, and I found these themes hidden in many poems. He also wrote poems that encouraged people to be themselves, and his personal voice gives these poems an urgency. He also poignantly captures his homesickness for his tropical home. And although he wrote Harlem Shadows almost a century ago, his search for identity and place in a busy foreign world is one that we can still relate to.

I am a white woman and a stay-at-home mom living close to where I was born, and yet McKay’s racial frustrations and calls for individuals to remain strong, as well as his longings for the familiar, resonate with me. McKay’s beautiful poetry is well worth reading and revisiting.

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rebeccareid | Apr 21, 2011 |
This novel took me to another place, era and culture. The novel started off pretty slow, but I gave it a chance and I'm glad I did because it became engaging. I'm glad I discovered McKay. I'll be looking out for some of his other work.
petersonvl | Mar 22, 2009 |



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