A Long Way From Home

A Long Way From Home Claude McKay 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 M
  • Title: A Long Way From Home
  • Author: Claude McKay
  • ISBN: 9780813539683
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Long Way From Home
    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 GreaClaude 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, expos s 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.
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  • Claude McKay

    Festus Claudius Claude McKay was a Jamaican American writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance He wrote four novels Home to Harlem, a best seller that won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature, Banjo, Banana Bottom, and in 1941 a manuscript called Amiable With Big Teeth A Novel of the Love Affair Between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem that has not yet been published McKay also authored collections of poetry, a collection of short stories, Gingertown, two autobiographical books, A Long Way from Home and My Green Hills of Jamaica published posthumously , and a non fiction, socio historical treatise entitled Harlem Negro Metropolis His 1922 poetry collection, Harlem Shadows, was among the first books published during the Harlem Renaissance His Selected Poems was published posthumously, in 1953.

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  • This is the autobiography of the Jamaican born poet and novelist Claude McKay, whose Collected Poetry I read and very much enjoyed last month If anything, this autobiography was even better It begins a couple years after he arrived in the United States there is nothing beyond a few isolated recollections about his earlier life in Jamaica He has left college and is working as a waiter on a railway car, and has just received an invitation to visit the editor Frank Harris to discuss publication of [...]


  • An extraordinary life told in wonderful prose I especially enjoyed the portions on McKay s time in Russia and Africa Now I think I need to go re watch Reds to see if a character based on Mckay showed up at all.


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