A Long Way from Home

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Rutgers University Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 270 pages
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–1948) was one of the most prolific and sophisticated African American writers of the early twentieth century. 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. Literally absent from Harlem during the Renaissance, McKay devoted most of his time to traveling through Europe, Russia, and Africa during the 1920s and 1930s. His active participation in Communist groups and the radical Left also encouraged certain opinions on race and class that strained his relationship to the Harlem Renaissance and its black intelligentsia. 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, exposÚs of the Harlem Renaissance. Reprinted here with a critical introduction by Gene Andrew Jarrett, this book will challenge readers to rethink McKay's articulation of identity, art, race, and politics and situate these topics in terms of his oeuvre and his literary contemporaries between the World Wars. Gene Andrew Jarrett is an assistant professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the author of Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature.
 

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Contents

A Great Editor
9
Other Editors
26
White Friends
33
Another White Friend
40
ENGLISH INNING
49
Adventuring in Search of George Bernard Shaw
51
Pugilist vs Poet
56
A Job in London
61
The Pride and Pomp of Proletarian Power
135
Literary Interest
144
Social Interest
149
A Great Celebration
159
Regarding Radical Criticism
174
THE CYNICAL CONTINENT
181
Berlin and Paris
183
Friends in France
195

Regarding Reactionary Criticism
71
NEWYORK HORIZON 9 Back in Harlem
79
A Brown Dove Cooing
94
A Look at H G Wells
98
He Who Gets Slapped
104
Harlem Shadows
116
THE MAGIC PILGRIMAGE
119
The Dominant Urge
121
An Individual Triumph
131
Frank Harris in France
204
Cinema Studio
209
Marseilles Motley
213
THE IDYLLS OF AFRICA
225
When a Negro Goes Native
227
The New Negro in Paris
235
Hail and Farewell to Morocco
248
On Belonging to a Minority Group
261
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Gene Andrew Jarrett is an assistant professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the author of Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature.

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