In 1922, Claude McKay published Harlem Shadows: a collection of poems that included "If We Must Die," "America," and "December, 1919." English scholars Chris Forster and Roopika Risam are creating this open-sourced electronic edition of the publication. Here, visitors can read Harlem Shadows in full and explore a number of accompanying texts, including additional McKay poems, reviews, literary criticism, and historical media coverage. Many of these texts are accompanied by helpful information that places the poems in context and links to related content in the collection. For example, when visitors select the poem "The Easter Flower," they will learn that the poem was originally published in The Liberator in March 1921. Visitors will also be directed to read Mary White Ovington's 1922 review of Harlem Shadows for The Dallas Express and Hodge Kirnon's 1922 essay about Harlem Shadows for Negro World, both of which directly reference the poem "Easter Flower." All text in this electronic edition is available in PDF, plain text, and TEI format to allow scholars to use digital analysis tools with ease.
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