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A Long Way from Home

Country of Authorship: Jamaica
Author: Claude McKay
Genre: Non-fiction

Publisher: Lee Furman | Rutgers University Press

Publication Year: 1937

Synopsis

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. In his 1937 autobiography, A Long Way from Home, McKay explains what it means to be a black “rebel sojourner” and presents one of the first unflattering, yet informative, exposés of the Harlem Renaissance.

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