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Claude McKay

a Jamaican-American writer and poet. He was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance and wrote four novels

patrick case

on 19 December 2012

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thesis statement: Claude McKay was an seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. his books and poems are center around the lives of african american during the time period and there constant struggle for equality. his characters usually show the good and bad moments in their lives.(Claude McKay) biographical info: Claude McKay by Patrick Case Banjo (1929),(Claude McKay)
Banana Bottom (1933)(Claude McKay)
Home to Harlem (1928)(Claude McKay)
The manuscript, Amiable With Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair Between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem(1941)(Claude McKay)
short stories, Gingertown (1932), (Claude McKay)
and two autobiographical books, A Long Way from Home (1937)(Claude McKay) and Harlem: Negro Metropolis (1940). His 1922 book of poetry, Harlem Shadows(Claude McKay) Titles of his work *born Festus Claudius McKay(Claude McKay)

*September 15, 1889– May 22, 1948(Claude McKay)

*was born in Nairne Castle near James Hill,Clarendon, Jamaica.(Claude McKay)

* he was once communist(Claude McKay) Awards:

Jamaican Institute of Arts and Sciences, gold medal, 1912, for two volumes of poetry, Songs of Jamaica and Constab Ballads(Claude McKay)
Harmon Foundation Award for distinguished literary achievement, NAACP, 1929, for Harlem Shadows and Home to Harlem(Claude McKay)
James Weldon Johnson Literary Guild Award, 1937.(Claude McKay) Major Literacy Contributions In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Claude McKay on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans. He is regarded as the "foremost left-wing black intellectual of his age" and his work heavily influenced a generation of black authors including James Baldwin and Richard Wright.(Claude McKay) Influences on author writings: A previously unknown manuscript of a 1941 novel by McKay was authenticated in 2012. The manuscript, Amiable With Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair Between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem, was discovered by Jean-Christophe Cloutier in the Samuel Roth Papers, a previously untouched university archive at Columbia University in 2009. The novel centers on the ideas and events (like Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia) that animated Harlem on the cusp of World War II. Working in collaboration, Mr. Cloutier and Professor Brent Hayes Edwards successfully authenticated the manuscript, and have received permission from the McKay estate to publish the novel, a satire set in 1936, with an introduction about how it was found and its provenance verified.(Claude McKay) description of litary movement:
The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned the whole new york area. At the time, it was known as the "New Negro Movement", named after the 1925 anthology by Alain Locke. Though it was in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, many French-speaking black writers from African and Caribbean colonies who lived in Paris were also influenced by the Harlem Renaissance.(Harlem r.) diction of how the writer fit this movement:

McKay's novel gained a substantial readership, especially with people who wanted to know more about the intense, and sometimes shocking, details of Harlem nightlife. His novel was an attempt to capture the energetic and intense spirit of the "uprooted black vagabonds." Home to Harlem was a work in which McKay looked among the common people for a distinctive black identity.Despite this, the book drew fire from one of McKay's heroes, W. E. B. Du Bois. To Du Bois, the novel's frank depictions of sexuality and the nightlife in Harlem only appealed to the "prurient demand[s]" of white readers and publishers looking for portrayals of black "licentiousness." As Du Bois said, "Home to Harlem ... for the most part nauseates me, and after the dirtier parts of its filth I feel distinctly like taking a bath.(Claude McKay) information about the book and how it goes with the theme:

Banana Bottom is the story of a young Jamaican woman’s travels into know her country, her people, and herself. The novel begins with the return to Jamaica of 22yr old Tabitha “Bita” Plant, who has been gone in england for seven years. McKay tells the story of Bita’s life from her homecoming to her marriage, having brief epilogue that shows her as a contented wife and mother. (banana bottom book)
The tone of the book is detached, the pace leisurely. Like a relaxed village storyteller, McKay moves from episode to episode as if there were no direction to his narrative. When, at the end of Banana Bottom, when Bita freely chooses a husband and a way of life to live by, each of the earlier encounters takes on a new significance. It is then clear that every character, every incident, and every discussion in the novel has in some way affected Bita’s development in the story. (enote banana) work cited page:




banana bottom by (Claude McKay)
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