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Amiable with big teeth : a novel of the love affair between the communists and the poor black sheep of Harlem
McKay, Claude, 1890-1948, author.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2017]

Physical Description:
xlv, 302 pages ; 24 cm.
"A monumental literary event: the newly discovered final novel by seminal Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay, a rich and multilayered portrayal of life in 1930s Harlem and a historical protest for black freedom. The unexpected discovery in 2009 of a completed manuscript of Claude McKay's final novel was celebrated as one of the most significant literary events in recent years. Building on the already extraordinary legacy of McKay's life and work, this colorful, dramatic novel centers on the efforts by Harlem intelligentsia to organize support for the liberation of fascist-controlled Ethiopia, a crucial but largely forgotten event in American history. At once a penetrating satire of political machinations in Depression-era Harlem and a far-reaching story of global intrigue and romance, Amiable with Big Teeth plunges into the concerns, anxieties, hopes, and dreams of African-Americans at a moment of crisis for the soul of Harlem--and America. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators"--
Introduction / by Jean-Christophe Cloutier and Brent Hayes Edwards -- Amiable with big teeth. "Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God" -- The Peixota home -- The Peixota family -- Professor Koazhy is featured -- The emperor's letter -- The branding of a black fascist -- The tower and the airplane -- Saying it with kisses -- Mrs. Peixota chaperones her daughter -- "All we like sheep have gone astray" -- The emperor's statement -- Alamaya makes his submission -- The merry-go-round -- Peixota's humiliation -- Seraphine leaves home -- A princess of Ethiopia -- A pre-nuptial night -- Seraphine discovers the letter -- Princess Benebe and Gloria Kendal -- Art and race -- "As beautiful as a jewel" -- Alamaya lands a real job -- The leopard dance.
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