Home to Harlem

Home to Harlem



'Why did I want to mix mahself up in a white folk's war? It ain't ever was any of black folks' affair'

When Jake Brown joined the World War I effort, he was treated more like a slave than a soldier. After briefly defecting to France to escape the racial violence he was facing, Jake travelled back home to Harlem. But despite the distance he travelled, Jake cannot seem to escape the past and the explosive ways in which it can culminate in every aspect of your life.

Written with brutal accuracy, Home to Harlem is the debut novel by one the first significant writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

'One of the most gifted writers of the Harlem Renaissance' Washington Post

About the author

Claude McKay

Claude McKay was born in Jamaica, and moved to the U.S. in 1912 to study at the Tuskgee Institute. In 1928, he published his most famous novel, Home to Harlem, which won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature. He also published two other novels, Banjo and Banana Bottom, as well as a collection of short stories, Gingertown, two autobiographical books, A Long Way from Home and My Green Hills of Jamaica and a work of non-fiction, Harlem: Negro Metropolis. His Selected Poems was published posthumously, and in 1977 he was named the national poet of Jamaica.
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