Books: Black Ikon

A LONG WAY FROM HOME—Claude McKay—Furman ($3).

The U.S. "Negro Renaissance" in the 1920s played to the biggest white audience since the Civil War, started an apartment-house boom on Harlem's swanky sugar Hill, put on one of the most curious performances in U.S. letters. Among noted Negro writers of that peiod Claud McKay appeared earliest, made his career the best barometer of white intest in that strange awakening. A Long Way from Home tells why.

At 22 the author of a book of West Indian dialect poems about his native Jamaica. Claude McKay went to Tuskegee Institute, switched to Kansas State...

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