Book - 1996
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Topical Term: African Americans in literature
African Americans
American literature
African Americans
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Candace Press, 1996
ISBN: 9781889073088
Branch Call Number: PS3539.O478 T66 1996
Characteristics: xxxi, 155 pages : portrait ; 24 cm


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LPL_EliH Jan 02, 2019

A gem of the Harlem Renaissance, Cane defies definition. It looks like a not-uncommon chapbook of poems and short stories, but there's a certain throughline of this work that gives it the weight of a unified narrative--or even a manifesto. Toomer grasps at nearly mystical notions of human life. It's not easy reading by any means, but it's an important, thought provoking read and beautiful in its own way.

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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