1889 Claude McKay born September 15.
1896 Goes to live with brother in a small town near Montego Bay, Jamaica.
1907 Assigned as apprentice to wheelwright. Meets first significant patron, Walter Jekyll.
1911 Joins constabulary in Spanish Town, Jamaica.
1912 Publishes Songs of Jamaica and Constab Ballads. Comes to United States and enrolls at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
1913-1914 Attends Kansas State University.
1914 Goes to New York City. July 30, marries Eulalie Imelda Edwards; marriage ends six months later.
1917 Publishes poems under pseudonym of Eli Edwards.
1918 Meets Frank Harris, editor of Pearson's Magazine, McKay's second significant patron.
1919 Publishes "If We Must Die" in Max Eastman's The Liberator.
1919 - 1920 Travels to London. Reads Karl Marx, beginning his commitment to Marxism; works for Sylvia Pankhurst's Marxist periodical, Workers' Dreadnought.
1920 Publishes Spring in New Hampshire.
1921 Returns to New York. Becomes associate editor of The Liberator and publishes the essay "How Black Sees Green and Red."
1922 Publishes Harlem Shadows and the essay "He Who Gets Slapped" in The Liberator. January, becomes coeditor of The Liberator; June, resigns as coeditor,
1922-1923 Makes the "magic pilgrimage" to Russia. Enthusiastic welcome by Soviet bureaucracy and Russian people. Addresses The Third Communist International, Moscow.
1923-1933 Expatriate years in Europe and North Africa.
1925 Writes first novel, "Color Scheme," later destroyed.
1927 Alain Locke publishes Four Negro Poets, containing work by McKay.
1928 Publishes Home to Harlem, a popular success.
1932 Gingertown and essay, "A Negro to his Critics."
1933 Banana Bottom.
1934 Returns to United States. Spends several months in welfare camp, Camp Greycourt, New York.
1935 Publishes the essay "Harlem Runs Wild."
1937 A Long Way from Home
1938 Meets Ellen Tarry, Roman Catholic writer,
1939 Loses job with Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration. Appears before subdivision of Dies Committee.
1940 Publishes Harlem: Negro Metropolis and the essay "Lest We Forget."
1943 Suffers stroke while working at a Federal shipbuilding yard. Moves to Chicago.
1944 October 11, baptized into Roman Catholic faith.
1945 Publishes essay, "On Becoming a Roman Catholic," and poem, "Look Within."
1946 In health resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Publishes poem, "The Middle Ages," and essay, "Why I Became a Catholic."'
1948 Dies in Chicago; buried in New York after a service in Harlem.
1953 Selected Poems of Claude McKay published; essay, "Boyhood in Jamaica," published in Phylon.
From James R. Giles. Claude McKay. Boston: Twayne, 1976.
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