Cane

Cane

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First published in 1923, Jean Toomer's Cane is an innovative literary work part drama, part poetry, part fiction powerfully evoking black life in the South. Rich in imagery, Toomer s 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 introduction by Rudolph Byrd of Emory University and Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University.
Publisher: New York : Liveright, 2011
ISBN: 9780871402103
0871402106
Branch Call Number: FICTION Too
Description: 245 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Cane

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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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