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Name:  Festus Claudius McKay  

Pen Name: Claude McKay


Audience: Adult;

Born: September 15, 1989 Sunny Ville, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, British West Indies (now Jamaica)

Died: May 22, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois

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Festus McKay lived in Chicago from 1944 until his death in 1948.

Biographical and Professional Information

Festus Claudius McKay was a Jamaican-American writer and poet. McKay left for the U.S. in 1912 to attend Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute, but did not become an American citizen until 1940. He was shocked at the racism he encountered here and was attracted to communism in his early life, but he was never a member of the Communist Party. Becoming disillusioned with communism, McKay embraced the social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, to which he converted in 1944.

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A long way from home /
ISBN: 0813539676. OCLC Number: 173517744

Rutgers University Press,. .

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 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 acti.

Amiable with big teeth :
ISBN: 9780143107316. OCLC Number: 959552304

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A monumental literary event: the newly discovered final novel by seminal Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay, a rich and multilayered portrayal of life in 1930s Harlem and a historical protest for black freedom The unexpected discovery in 2009 of a completed manuscript of Claude McKay's final novel was celebrated as one of the most significant literary events in recent years. Building on the already extraordinary legacy of McKay's life and work, this colorful, dramatic novel centers on the efforts by Harlem intelligentsia to organize support for the liberation of fascist-controlled Ethiopia, a crucial but largely forgotten event in American history. At once a penetrating satire of political machinations in Depression-era Harlem and a far-reaching story of global intrigue and romance, Amiable with Big Teeth plunges into the concerns, anxieties, hopes, and dreams of African-Americans at a moment of crisis for the soul of Harlem--and America. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators--

Harlem glory :
ISBN: 0882861638. OCLC Number: 22963924

Charles H. Kerr Pub. Co.,. .

Harlem, Negro metropolis /
ISBN: 0156389460. OCLC Number: 10893686

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. .

Selected poems /
ISBN: 0486408760. OCLC Number: 41070833

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A collection of poems by Claude McKay, one of the first poets of the Harlem Renaissance.

Selected poems of Claude McKay :
ISBN: 0805758488. OCLC Number: 911713956

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The dialect poetry of Claude McKay.
ISBN: 0836989821. OCLC Number: 329387

Books for Libraries Press,. .