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December 19, 2019 at 9:32 am

Publishers Weekly Reviews McKay Novel Unearthed by Holcomb

Dr. Gary Holcomb, p[ortrait

Dr. Gary Holcomb

Romance in Marseille, a Claude McKay novel unearthed by Dr. Gary Holcomb, was reviewed by Publishers Weekly.

Holcomb Professor of African American Literature

Harlem Renaissance writer McKay’s poignant, previously unpublished novel of 1920s black life in the French port city of Marseilles strengthens the legacy built by his novels Banjo and Home to Harlem. Lafala, a young and carefree traveler from West Africa, drifts “impressionably from change to change” until his heart is broken by Aslima, a Marseille prostitute. Lafala stows away on a ship bound for the U.S., only to be caught and locked up “in a miserable place” onboard, consequently losing both legs to frostbite….

Read the entire review at Publishers Weekly.

Also see Holcomb Unearths Unpublished Harlem Renaissance Novel by Claude McKay.

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