Claude McKay was from Jamaica but went to the United States with aspirations of becoming a successful writer. It did not happen for him as he died penniless.
However, his book, Home to Harlem, was a bestseller.
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McKay was thought to be bisexual. Although he had women companions, Tyrone Tillery suggests McKay’s suspected secret visits to gay bars in New York in the 1930s create a pattern with the homosexual undertones in some of his works.