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Jean Toomer

Jean Toomer (1894–1967) was born in Washington, D.C., the son of educated blacks of Creole stock. Literature was his first love and he regularly contributed avant garde poetry and short stories to such magazines as Dial, Broom, Secession, Double Dealer, and Little Review. After a literary apprenticeship in New York, Toomer taught school in rural Georgia. His experiences there led to the writing of Cane.

Books by Jean Toomer

  • 9780871402103 72

    Cane

    Jean Toomer, Rudolph P. Byrd, Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    New Edition, Paperback, 2011

    “A breakthrough in prose and poetical writing. . . . This book should be on all readers’ and writers’ desks and in their minds.”—Maya Angelou
  • 9780393931686 72

    Cane

    Jean Toomer, Rudolph P. Byrd, Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    Second Edition, Paperback, 2011

    A masterpiece of the Harlem Renaissance and a canonical work in both the American and the African American literary traditions, Cane is now available in a revised and expanded Norton Critical...