Cane

Cane

Book - 1975
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A literary masterpiece of the Harlem Renaissance, Cane is a powerful work of innovative fiction evoking black life in the South. The sketches, poems, and stories of black rural and urban life that make up Cane are rich in imagery. Visions of smoke, sugarcane, dusk, and flame permeate the Southern landscape: the Northern world is pictured as a harsher reality of asphalt streets. Impressionistic, sometimes surrealistic, the pieces are redolent of nature and Africa, with sensuous appeals to eye and ear.
Publisher: New York : Liveright, [1975], ©1975
ISBN: 9780871401045
0871401045
9780871406118
087140611X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Too
Description: xxv, 116 pages ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
May 10, 2017

"'Cane' is generally adjudge the literary masterpiece of the Harlem or 'New Negro' Renaissance, a brief but glittering period during the 1920s. . ."-from the introduction
Published in 1923, "Cane" is the book the Jean Toomer's legacy rests upon. I've heard it called a novel, but its unusual mix of poems and short stories resists classification. Later in life Toomer embraced esoteric mysticism. I'd also recommend the Library of America's anthology of Harlem Renaissance novels.

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