A Fierce Hatred of Injustice: Claude McKay's Jamaica and His Poetry of Rebellion
Claude McKay's Jamaica and His Poetry of Rebellion
In this work, James redresses the omission of McKay's early writing in Jamaican. Through a consideration of McKay's formative years on the island, he reviews the themes and politics of poetry which McKay began writing at the age of ten.
Winston James is Associate Professor of History, Columbia University. He is the author of Holding Aloft the Banner of Ethiopia: Caribbean Radicalism in Early Twentieth-Century America, which won the Gordon k. Lewis Memorial Award for Caribbean Scholarship of the Caribbean Studies Association, and of the forthcoming study, Claude McKay: The Making of a Black Bolshevik, 1889 - 1923. He is also a contributor to and editor (with Clive Harris) of Inside Babylon: The Caribbean Diaspora in Britain .
""Winston James convincingly uses contextual analysis of the content of Claude McKay's two early collections of Jamaican dialect verse to locate the nascent world view which informed the poet's later work. A Fierce Hatred of Injustice is an illuminating contribution to the growing body of scholarship on the pioneering radical Jamaican poet."" -- Linton Kwesi Johnson ""For those of us who love Claude McKay and consider him vastly underappreciated, this book is a gift.... James brings to his task not only the exacting discipline of the trained historian, but also the imaginative literary flair, shrewdly controlled, that is needed to understand the subtle textures of McKay's island origins."" -- Arnold Rampersad, Stanford University "Professor James engages the reader in what is a virtual rediscovery of the essential features of the great Caribbean writer, Claude McKay. The boundaries of literature and history overlap in this meticulous unfolding of the social context that shaped the world of McKay's childhood and adolescence in Jamaica. It is a rare kind of critical investigation which will require that we all take a new look at the stature of Claude McKay." - George Lamming.