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Claude McKay
(1889-1984) born on
Sep 15
Jamaican-US poet, novelist. His "Harlem Shadows" was one of the inaugural works of file Harlem Renaissance; his novels include " Home to Harlem" and "Banana Bottom."
         
   
F
Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger's tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess
I love this cultured hell that tests my youth!

R
I know the dark delight of being strange,
The penalty of difference in the crowd,
The loneliness of wisdom among fools . . .
A
Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism.
N
Nations, like plants and human beings, grow. And if the development is thwarted they are dwarfed and overshadowed.
K
If a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "America."
R: "My House."
A: "Out of the War Years: Lincoln, Apostle of a New America," in "New Leader," 13 Feb 1943.
N: "Out of the War Years: Lincoln, Apostle of a New America," in "New Leader," 13 Feb 1943.
K: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
   


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