Cane

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1975 - Fiction - 116 pages
286 Reviews
A literary masterpiece of the Harlem Renaissance, Cane is a powerful work of innovative fiction evoking black life in the South. The sketches, poems, and stories of black rural and urban life that make up Cane are rich in imagery. Visions of smoke, sugarcane, dusk, and flame permeate the Southern landscape: the Northern world is pictured as a harsher reality of asphalt streets. Impressionistic, sometimes surrealistic, the pieces are redolent of nature and Africa, with sensuous appeals to eye and ear.
  

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The is beautiful, noving writing at its very best. - Goodreads
A great Modernist blend of poetry and prose vignettes. - Goodreads
Imagery is complex, even exceptional. - Goodreads
Incredible writing... - Goodreads
There is a lot of spectacular writing in this piece. - Goodreads
And his imagery is beautiful. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Robert Brown - Goodreads

This book is an work out of art. It is the book that many scholars say started the harlem Renaissance. It tells a series of vignettes (narrative), split by poetry, and ends with several stories told ... Read full review

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User Review  - Seward Park Branch Library, NYPL - Goodreads

Geezus... that was a rush. In his first and only work Jean Toomer shows the reader, through surreal metaphors and dense poetic language, a complex picture of race in America with a focus on the South ... Read full review

Contents

Reapers
3
Nullo
18
Seventh Street
39
Her Lips Are Copper Wire
54
Prayer
68
Kabnis
81
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About the author (1975)

Jean Toomer (1894-1967)nbsp;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.

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