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Banjo: The Novel

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GUEST,Peter T. 28 Nov 02 - 07:45 PM
GUEST,Peter T. 28 Nov 02 - 07:46 PM
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Subject: Banjo: The Novel
From: GUEST,Peter T.
Date: 28 Nov 02 - 07:45 PM

Just discovered this novel from the 1920's on a remainder table. By Charles McKay, fascinating about Marseilles, black culture in France, and a real Henry Miiler kind of style. Anyone know anything about the writer, the novel, etc? (The main character plays, and is named after, a banjo). yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Banjo: The Novel
From: GUEST,Peter T.
Date: 28 Nov 02 - 07:46 PM

Sorry, Claude McKay. yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Banjo: The Novel
From: Ebbie
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 12:08 AM

I found some info at this address: http://www.si.umich.edu/CHICO/Harlem/text/mckay.html

"Other books by Claude McKay include Banjo, Harlem: Negro Metropolis, and his autobiography, A Long Way From Home. Home to Harlem, published in the spring of 1928, became the first novel by a Harlem writer to reach the bestseller list. "


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Subject: RE: Banjo: The Novel
From: GUEST,Visitor
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 04:03 PM

Claude aMcKay was a minor figure in the Harlem Rennaissance (sp?) movement of the 1920s. I believe he was also a poet. There are lots of sources about the Harlem Ren., and any of them will probably lead you to information about McKay. I remember reading that book 25 to 30 years ago. Is it still in print or did you find it used?


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Subject: RE: Banjo: The Novel
From: fretless
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 04:11 PM

It is still in print: Harvest Books ISBN 0156106752.


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Subject: RE: Banjo: The Novel
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 04:53 PM

There's a lot about him at this website: clickety. If you do a search using his name on google, there's actually quite a bit that comes up.

Thanks, Peter, I'll have to watch for this one. (By the title of the thread, I though maybe we had a new story thread going.:-)

kat


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Subject: RE: Banjo: The Novel
From: open mike
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 04:56 PM

i searched this used book site and found hundreds
of books by this author available.
He is described as a Jamaica-born black author/poet.


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Subject: RE: Banjo: The Novel
From: open mike
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 04:59 PM

oops forgot blickie--
http://www.abebooks.com/
Claude McKay is said to have lived a self-imposed exile
(in england?? france??) and was involved in the labor movement
in england i believe.


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Subject: RE: Banjo: The Novel
From: Peter T.
Date: 29 Nov 02 - 06:45 PM

thanks for the links, to all. yours, Peter T.


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