Home to Harlem

McKay, Claude. Home To Harlem. New York, London: Harper & Brothers, 1928.

Claude McKay (1890 – 1948) was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States in 1912. Two years later he relocated to New York where he became a frequent contributor to The Liberator, an avant-garde magazine of art and literature. His reputation growing, McKay published his volumes of poetry Spring in New Hampshire in 1920 and Harlem Shadows in 1922, becoming one of the most militant voices of the Harlem Renaissance. His writing, though traditional in form, brought race as a social issue to the forefront and inspired many, including an admiring Langston Hughes. His novel Home to Harlem (1928), the first book by a Harlem writer to reach the bestseller list, brought him lasting fame.