"Biographical Note."

McKay, Claude. Born in Jamaica, West Indies, 1889. Such education as he gained in boyhood he received from his brother. He served for a while as a member of the Kingston Constabulary. In 1912 he came to the United States. For two years he was a student of agriculture at the Kansas State College. Since leaving school Mr. McKay has turned his hand to any kind of work to earn a living. He has worked in hotels and on the Pullman cars. He is to-day associate editor of The Liberator. He is the author of two volumes of poems, Songs of Jamaica and Spring in New Hampshire, the former published in Jamaica and the latter in London.


"Biographical Note." The Book of American Negro Poetry Chosen and Edited with an Essay on the Negro's Creative Genius (1922).


This note suggests that in 1922 McKay had published only two volumes of poetry (Songs of Jamaica and Spring in New Hampshire). McKay had also already published Constab Ballads (1912).


Harlem Shadows (1922)

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