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By Claude McKay

ISBN-10: 0813539676

ISBN-13: 9780813539676

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Claude McKay (1889–1948) was once the most prolific and complicated African American writers of the early 20th century. A Jamaican-born writer of poetry, brief tales, novels, and nonfiction, McKay has frequently been linked to the “New Negro” or Harlem Renaissance, a stream of African American paintings, tradition, and intellectualism among global warfare I and the nice melancholy. yet his courting to the circulate used to be complicated. actually absent from Harlem in the course of that interval, he dedicated such a lot of his time to touring via Europe, Russia, and Africa throughout the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties. His energetic participation in Communist teams and the novel Left additionally inspired definite critiques on race and sophistication that strained his dating to the Harlem Renaissance and its black intelligentsia. In his 1937 autobiography, A good way from Home, McKay explains what it capability to be a black “rebel sojourner” and provides one of many first unflattering, but informative, exposés of the Harlem Renaissance. Reprinted the following with a severe creation through Gene Andrew Jarrett, this e-book will problem readers to reconsider McKay’s articulation of id, paintings, race, and politics and situate those subject matters when it comes to his oeuvre and his literary contemporaries among the area wars.

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So excellent was the paper the judge gave me, I was able to use it for the duration of the war without worrying about a new registration card. Hurrying to the railroad station, I found that my dining car was already gone. I reported to the commissary department. Later in the afternoon they put me on another dining car going to Harrisburg. The next day I arrived in New York, and as soon as I got off the train I telephoned to the editor at his office. He invited me to his house that evening. Frank Harris’s friendly letter, warm with enthusiasm for my poetry, and inviting me to visit him, was the kind of thing that might turn the head of a young writer bitten by the bug of ambition, and sweep him off his feet.

He answered graciously: “Whenever you are free, telephone me, and I’ll see that we get together. And he gave me his private telephone number and address. That night our crew slept in Harrisburg. The next afternoon we were in Pittsburgh, and free until the following morning. We went to the sleeping quarters in Wylie Avenue and checked in for our beds, after which the crew split up. A good distance from Wylie Avenue the colored folk had managed to maintain a café and cabaret on the edge of a section of the white district downtown.

000 fm (i-xl) 12/5/06 2:34 PM Page xxxiv x x x i v • introduction Flawed thinking also distorted McKay’s vision of black leadership. He quoted “a lovely lady from Harlem” who, for him, represented the broader sentiment among the New Negro elite visiting Paris in 1929: “Why all this nigger row if a colored writer can exploit his own people and make money and a name? White writers have been exploiting us long enough without [giving] any credit to our race” (chapter 27). McKay felt vindicated because he believed that more people appreciated Home to Harlem than the prominent black intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance admitted.

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