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Claude McKay (1890–1948)

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The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Bidragyder — 1,250 eksemplarer
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver914 eksemplarer
The New Negro: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance (1925) — Bidragyder — 430 eksemplarer
The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader (1994) — Bidragyder — 403 eksemplarer
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Bidragyder — 388 eksemplarer
The Black Poets (1983) — Bidragyder — 352 eksemplarer
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Bidragyder — 274 eksemplarer
African-American Poetry: An Anthology, 1773-1927 (1997) — Bidragyder — 246 eksemplarer
World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It (1918) — Bidragyder — 189 eksemplarer
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Bidragyder — 168 eksemplarer
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Bidragyder — 161 eksemplarer
Let Nobody Turn Us Around: An African American Anthology (1999) — Bidragyder — 147 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (2000) — Bidragyder — 141 eksemplarer
Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White (1998) — Bidragyder — 117 eksemplarer
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009) — Bidragyder — 111 eksemplarer
Harlem Renaissance: Five Novels of the 1920s (2011) — Bidragyder — 110 eksemplarer
Voices from the Harlem Renaissance (1976) — Bidragyder — 105 eksemplarer
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Bidragyder — 90 eksemplarer
Empire Writing: An Anthology of Colonial Literature 1870-1918 (1998) — Bidragyder — 84 eksemplarer
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (2007) — Bidragyder — 75 eksemplarer
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Bidragyder — 67 eksemplarer
American Sonnets: An Anthology (2007) — Bidragyder — 65 eksemplarer
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Bidragyder — 63 eksemplarer
American Negro Short Stories (1966) — Bidragyder — 61 eksemplarer
Into the London Fog: Eerie Tales from the Weird City (2020) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer
Harlem Renaissance Novels: The Library of America Collection (2011) — Bidragyder — 48 eksemplarer
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (2014) — Bidragyder — 41 eksemplarer
Soulscript: Afro-American Poetry (1970) — Bidragyder — 40 eksemplarer
Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance (1994) — Bidragyder — 39 eksemplarer
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
A Way Out of No Way: Writing about Growing Up Black in America (1996) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
Graphic Classics: African-American Classics (2011) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
Harlem U.S.A. (1964) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
Masquerade: Queer Poetry in America to the End of World War II (2004) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer
Out of Bounds: British, Black, and Asian Poets (2012) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology (2022) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Fairy Poems (2023) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Gender in Modernism: New Geographies, Complex Intersections (2007) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Harlem: Voices from the Soul of Black America (1970) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Bright Poems for Dark Days: An Anthology for Hope (2021) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Juridisk navn
McKay, Festus Claudius
Andre navne
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 (vis alle 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 og hædersbevisninger
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!… (mere)
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|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1440820866s/15622.jpg|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|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1320440371s/544060.jpg|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.… (mere)
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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