The New York Times is reporting that Columbia PhD candidate Jean-Christophe Cloutier found a novel written by Claude McKay titled Amiable With Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair Between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem, in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
The McKay estate has given permission for the student to publish the work, so I’m hoping to see something by spring of 2013.
McKay’s most famous work being Home to Harlem is a corner stone in Harlem Renaissance studies and I expect this book will add a much needed revival in McKay/Harlem Renaissance scholarship.
What do you think? Are you a McKay fan? I read Home to Harlem in my modernism class last semester and enjoyed it.And I love when “lost” manuscripts are discovered, yet I hope the editors won’t do too much editing and leave the work as is.