A Jean Toomer Reader: Selected and Unpublished Writings / Edition 1

A Jean Toomer Reader: Selected and Unpublished Writings / Edition 1

by Jean Toomer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195083296

ISBN-13: 9780195083293

Pub. Date: 12/28/1993

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Jean Toomer achieved instant recognition as a critic and thinker in 1923 with the publication of his novel Cane, a harsh, eloquent vision of black American hardship and suffering. But because of his reclusive, introspective nature, Toomer's fame waned in later years, and today his other contributions to American thought and literature are all but forgotten. Now,

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Jean Toomer achieved instant recognition as a critic and thinker in 1923 with the publication of his novel Cane, a harsh, eloquent vision of black American hardship and suffering. But because of his reclusive, introspective nature, Toomer's fame waned in later years, and today his other contributions to American thought and literature are all but forgotten. Now, this collection of unpublished writings restores a crucial dimension to our understanding of this important African American author. Thematically arranging letters, sketches, poems, autobiography, short stories, a play, and a children's story, Frederik Rusch offers insight into Toomer's mind and spirituality, his feelings on racial identity in America, and his attitudes toward and ideas about Cane. Rusch highlights Toomer's reflections on America, its people, landscape, and politics, reveals his significance for the problems and issues of today, and helps us understand Toomer not only as writer, but also as social critic, prophet, mystic, and idealist. Exploring Toomer's attempts to find self-realization and transcend social and cultural definitions of race, this book offers a unique view of the United States through the life of one of its most significant and fascinating intellectuals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195083293
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

I. Cane
1. Pre-Cane
Letter to Waldo Frank, John McClure, Frank, The Liberator, Lola Ridge, Sherwood Anderson
2. Cane
Letter to Gorham Munson, Kenneth Macgowan, Frank
3. Post-Cane
Letter to Frank, Horace Liveright
II. The Mystical Experience
The Experience
III. The Negro, the Blue Man, and the New Race
Introduction: Prejudice; Germ Carriers; The Fable of a Creature
2. The Negro
Negro Psychology in The Emperor Jones
Letter to Sherwood Anderson
The Negro Emergent
3. The Blue Man
Letter to Horace Liveright, Waldo Frank
Not Typically American
Fighting the Vice
4. The New Race
A New Race in America
Letter to James Weldon Johnson
The Americans
Oppose the Force, Not the Man
Mankind Means Brotherhood
IV. Caught in the Machine
To Dyke
Selling
A Comment on the Vegetable by, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Drackman
The Scottsboro Boys
American Letter
To Sleep
Love on a Train
Man's Home Companion
Lump
The Spoken Word
Winter Road
George Washington
Atomic Energy
V. A Children's Story
Monrovia
VI. The Land
1 Introduction.
Highways Should Be Rightways
It Used to Be
Why These?
The Extremes Are Great
2. The Northeast
New York
The Brilliant Brotherhood: New York City during the Mystical Experience of 1926
Doylestown
The Presence of a Field
3. The South
Night
4. Chicago
5. New Mexico
To the Land of the People
Rainbow
The Dust of Abiquiu
Taos Night
New Mexico after India
Part of the Universe
Santa Fe Sequence
6. California
Caromb
America's Proposed Riveria: A Chicagoan's Impressions of Los Angeles
VII. Epilogue
Music
A Double Portrait
To Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz
Tired, I have come to the door
Bibliography

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