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Complete Poems by Claude McKay
Book DescriptionContaining more than three hundred poems, including nearly a hundred previously unpublished works, this unique collection showcases the intellectual range of Claude McKay (1889-1948), the Jamaican-born poet and novelist whose life and work were marked by restless travel and steadfast social protest. McKay's first poems were composed in rural Jamaican creole and launched his lifelong commitment to representing everyday black culture from the bottom up. Migrating to New York, he reinvigorated the English sonnet and helped spark the Harlem Renaissance with poems such as \u0022If We Must Die.\u0022 After coming under scrutiny for his communism, he traveled throughout Europe and North Africa for twelve years and returned to Harlem in 1934, having denounced Stalin's Soviet Union. By then, McKay's pristine \u0022violent sonnets\u0022 were giving way to confessional lyrics informed by his newfound Catholicism. McKay's verse eludes easy definition, yet this complete anthology, vividly introduced and carefully annotated by William J. Maxwell, acquaints readers with the full transnational evolution of a major voice in twentieth-century poetry.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252075902
(234mm x 154mm x 30mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 18-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Claude McKay
Banjo, Paperback (December 2008)
Lincoln Agrippa Daily, known to his drifter cohorts on the 1920s Marseilles 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, and looking for women.
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.
Home to Harlem, Paperback (November 1987)» View all books by Claude McKay
A novel that gives voice to the alienation and frustration of urban blacks during an era when Harlem was in vogue
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Author Biography - Claude McKay
A pioneer of black modernism, Claude McKay's varied and influential books include the poetry collections Harlem Shadows and Songs of Jamaica, and the novels Banjo, Home to Harlem, and Banana Bottom. William J. Maxwell is an associate professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of the award-winning New Negro, Old Left: African-American Writing and Communism between the Wars.
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