Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Claude McKay


Lincoln Agrippa Daily, known on the 1920s Marseilles waterfront as ‘Banjo,’ prowls the rough waterfront bistros with his drifter friends drinking, looking for women, playing music, fighting, loving, and talking – about their homes in Africa, the West Indies, or the American South, and about being black. It is a fine portrayal of how the French treated people from its sub-Saharan African colonies.

Paperback, 336pp
Harvest Books, 1970 (1929)
ISBN 9780156106757