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Banjo by Claude McKay
Book DescriptionLincoln Agrippa Daily, known to his drifter cohorts on the 1920s Marseille waterfront as 'Banjo', passes his days panhandling and dreaming of starting his own little band. At night Banjo, Malty, Ginger, Dengel, Bugsy, Taloufa, Goosey, and even Jake of Home to Harlem prowl the rough waterfront bistros, drinking, looking for women, playing music, fighting, loving, and talking - about their homes in Senegal, the West Indies, or the American South; about Garvey's Back-to-Africa Movement; about being black. When Ray, a writer, joins the group, it triggers his rediscovery of his African roots and his feeling that, at last, he belongs to a race,?weighed, tested and poised in the universal scheme?.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846686344
(198mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Claude McKay
Complete Poems, Paperback (June 2008)
The complete works of previously unpublished and published poetry of a pioneer of modern black writing
Banana Bottom, Paperback (December 2005)
Bita Plant is adopted and sent to England from Jamaica by white missionary benefactors. She returns to her home village of Banana Bottom seven years later, and is increasingly drawn to the vitality of her native culture.
Claude Mckay: Selected Poems, Paperback (March 2003)» View all books by Claude McKay
New compilation of verse by an important Jamaican-American poet. Dialect verse, standard English poems from Harlem Shadows, uncollected works, more. Edited and with an introduction by Joan R. Sherman.
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Author Biography - Claude McKay
Claude McKay travelled to New York from Jamaica in 1912. In addition to his novels Banjo and Banana Bottom, he is perhaps most widely remembered for his poems, of which the most significant collection is Harlem Shadows (1922). James Weldon Johnson remarked that "Claude McKay's poetry was one of the great forces in bringing about what is often called the 'Negro Literary Renaissance.'" McKay completed his autobiography, A Long Way from Home, in 1937. He died in 1948.
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