Claude McKay was a Jamaican writer and poet who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He is known for his novels, essays, and poems, including 'If We Must Die' and 'Harlem Shadows.' McKay's work often addressed issues of racial and economic injustices and is celebrated for its expressive portrayal of black life in America during the early 20th century.
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This novel tells the story of Jake Brown, a World War I deserter who returns to Harlem, and his love affair with a cabaret dancer named Felice. Jake's journey, which takes him from seedy bars to affluent white neighborhoods, paints a vivid picture of Harlem's vibrant and diverse culture during the Harlem Renaissance. The narrative also explores the lives of other characters in the community, providing a rich and complex portrait of black life in 1920s New York.