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General Information

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

-- Festus Claudius McKay on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Rutgers University Press,. New Brunswick, N.J. :. ©2007.

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.

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

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. New York :. ©1968.

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

. New York, Bookman Associates,. 1953.

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

Books for Libraries Press,. Freeport, N.Y.,. 1972.

Harlem glory :
ISBN: 0882861638. OCLC Number:

Charles H. Kerr Pub. Co.,. Chicago, Ill. :. 1990.

Selected poems /
ISBN: 0486408760. OCLC Number:

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



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