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Claude McKay was a Jamaican-American poet, journalist, essayist, fiction writer , who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

Background

Ethnicity: Thomas McKay's father was of Ashanti descent, and mother was of Malagasy ancestry.

Claude Mckay was born in September 15, 1889.

Works

  • biographical book

    • A Long Way from Home

    • Harlem: Negro Metropolis

    • My Green Hills of Jamaica

  • book of poems

    • Songs of Jamaica

    • Constab Ballads

    • Selected Poems

  • book of poetry

    • Harlem Shadows

  • book of short stories

    • Gingertown

  • novel

    • Home to Harlem

    • Banjo

    • Banana Bottom

  • poem

    • If We Must Die

Religion

Converted to Catholicism, 1945.

Politics

McKay was attracted to communism in his early life, but he was never a member of the Communist Party.

Views

Primitivism

Interests

  • Philosophers & Thinkers

    Thomas Huxley, Ernest Haekel, Herbert Spencer

  • Politicians

    Marx

Connections

father:
Thomas Francis McKay

mother:
Hannah Ann Elizabeth Edwards