Cane

Cane

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
1889073083
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.

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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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