Individual Author Record
Name: Festus Claudius McKayPen Name: Claude McKay Genre: C:ADULT Born: September 15, 1989 Sunny Ville, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, British West Indies (now Jamaica) Sites:
Illinois ConnectionFestus McKay lived in Chicago from 1944 until his death in 1948.
Biographical and Professional InformationFestus 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.
*''A Long Way from Home (autobiography)'', Furman (New York), 1937*''Harlem, Negro Metropolis (non-fiction)'', Dutton (New York), 1940*''Selected Poems'', Bookman (New York), 1953*''The Dialectic Poetry of Claude McKay'', Books for Libraries Press, 1972*''The Passion of Claude McKay'', Schocken, 1973*''My Green Hills of Jamaica and Five Jamaican Short Stories'', Howard University Press, 1975*''Harlem Glory'', Kerr (Chicago), 1990*''Romance in Marseilles'', University of Exeter Press, 1995*''Selected Poems'', Dover Publications, 1999*''Complete Poems'', University of Illinois Press, 2003