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Claude McKay Describes His Own Life

Claude McKay Describes His Own Life C LAU d E M CkAY Editor’s Note: The selection of poems that Claude McKay refers to here were published with this autobiographical essay in Pearson’s Magazine, edited by Frank Harris, in 1918. The poem “Harlem Shadows” became the title work of McKay’s fourth book, published by Harcourt Brace in 1922. I am a black man, born in Jamaica, British West Indies, and have been living in America for the last six years. During my first year’s residence in America I wrote the following group of poems. It was the first time I had ever come face to face with such manifest, implacable hate of my race, and my feelings were indescribable. I sent them so that you may see what my state of mind was at the time. I have written nothing similar to them since and don’t think I ever shall again. The whites at home constitute about 14 percent of the population only and they generally conform to the standard of English respectability. The few poor ones accept their fate resignedly and live at peace with the natives. The government is tolerant, somewhat benevolent, based on the principle of equal justice to all. I had heard http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Claude McKay Describes His Own Life

Manoa , Volume 31 (2) – Dec 18, 2019

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Abstract

C LAU d E M CkAY Editor’s Note: The selection of poems that Claude McKay refers to here were published with this autobiographical essay in Pearson’s Magazine, edited by Frank Harris, in 1918. The poem “Harlem Shadows” became the title work of McKay’s fourth book, published by Harcourt Brace in 1922. I am a black man, born in Jamaica, British West Indies, and have been living in America for the last six years. During my first year’s residence in America I wrote the following group of poems. It was the first time I had ever come face to face with such manifest, implacable hate of my race, and my feelings were indescribable. I sent them so that you may see what my state of mind was at the time. I have written nothing similar to them since and don’t think I ever shall again. The whites at home constitute about 14 percent of the population only and they generally conform to the standard of English respectability. The few poor ones accept their fate resignedly and live at peace with the natives. The government is tolerant, somewhat benevolent, based on the principle of equal justice to all. I had heard

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Published: Dec 18, 2019

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