Cane: A Library of America eBook Classic

Cane: A Library of America eBook Classic

by Jean Toomer

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ISBN-13: 9781598535730
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Series: Library of America E-Book Classics
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 319,427
File size: 346 KB

About the Author

Jean Toomer (1899–1967) was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in the household of his maternal grandfather, a prominent mixed-race Louisiana politician. Dropping out of college, he moved to New York, where he discovered the literary circles of Harlem and Greenwich Village and contributed to avant-garde magazines. He began Cane soon after he was appointed as temporary principal of an agricultural school in Smyrna, Georgia. Later an exponent of the mystic G. I. Gurdjieff and a convert to Quakerism, he published aphorisms and religious works; his Collected Poems appeared posthumously in 1988.

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"By far the most impressive product of the Negro Renaissance, Cane ranks with Richard Wright's Native Son and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man as a measure of the Negro novelist's highest achievement. Jean Toomer belongs to that first rank of writers who use words almost as a plastic medium, shaping new meanings from an original and highly personal style." - Robert A. Bone, The Negro Novel in America (1965)

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