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Toomer Cane

by Jean Toomer

ISBN 087140611X / 9780871406118 / 0-87140-611-X
Publisher Liveright Publishing Corporation,U.S.
Language English
Edition Softcover
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A breakthrough in prose and poetical writing. . . . This book should be on all readers and writers desks and in their minds.Maya Angelou

First published in 1923, Jean Toomers Cane is an innovative literary workpart drama, part poetry, part fictionpowerfully evoking black life in the South. Rich in imagery, Toomers impressionistic, sometimes surrealistic sketches of Southern rural and urban life are permeated by visions of smoke, sugarcane, dusk, and fire; the northern world is pictured as a harsher reality of asphalt streets. This iconic work of American literature is published with a new afterword by Rudolph Byrd of Emory University and Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, who provide groundbreaking biographical information on Toomer, place his writing within the context of American modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, and examine his shifting claims about his own race and his pioneering critique of race as a scientific or biological concept. [via]