Claude McKay

Harlem Shadows

originally published:
New York : Harcourt, Brace & Company

We offered this copy of the first edition in our Catalog 69.


  • Blockson101(1922)

reference info

bio notes:
born: 9/15/1890
died: 5/22/1948
born as: Claude McKay

Jamaican-born poet and novelist whose Home to Harlem (1928) was the most popular novel written by an American black to that time. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Collecting tips:

Many of McKay's books are often distinguished by the vivid dustjacket art work, much of it designed by Aaron Douglas, including his books Banjo (1929), Home to Harlem (1928), A Long Way from Home (1937), and Banana Bottom (1933). However, his first book, Songs from Jamaica (1912), published in London in wrappers is harder to find.