“Such Friends”:  100 Years Ago, November 22, 1922, New York Times, New York City, New York; and Fourth World Congress of the Communist International, Moscow

Ad to be placed tomorrow in the New York Times by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People [NAACP]


In Moscow, Jamaican-American writer Claude McKay, 32, has given his speech to the Fourth World Congress of the Communist International on the topic, “The Negro Question,” which was well-received. McKay financed this trip, which he calls his “Magic Pilgrimage,” by selling deluxe editions of his poetry collection, Harlem Shadows, to people on the NAACP donor list and working as a stoker on a freighter.

Claude McKay speaking in Moscow

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“Such Friends”:  100 Years Ago… is the basis for the series, “Such Friends”:  The Literary 1920s. Volumes I through III, covering 1920 through 1922 are available as signed copies at Riverstone Books in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA, and on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk in print and e-book formats. For more information, email me at kaydee@gypsyteacher.com.

Early next year I will be talking about the centenary of the publication of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, and about The Literary 1920s in Paris and New York City at the Osher program at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Manager as Muse, about Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins’ relationships with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, is also available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk in both print and e-book versions.

If you want to walk with me through Bloomsbury, you can download my audio walking tour, “Such Friends”:  Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group.