A Jean Toomer Reader: Selected Unpublished Writings

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Oxford University Press, 1993 - Literary Collections - 290 pages
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Jean Toomer achieved instant recognition as a critic and thinker in 1923 with the publication of his novel Cane, a harsh, eloquent vision of black American hardship and suffering. But because of his reclusive, introspective nature, Toomer's fame waned in later years, and today his other contributions to American thought and literature are all but forgotten. Now, this collection of unpublished writings restores a crucial dimension to our understanding of this important African American author. Thematically arranging letters, sketches, poems, autobiography, short stories, a play, and a children's story, Frederik Rusch offers insight into Toomer's mind and spirituality, his feelings on racial identity in America, and his attitudes toward and ideas about Cane. Rusch highlights Toomer's reflections on America, its people, landscape, and politics, reveals his significance for the problems and issues of today, and helps us understand Toomer not only as writer, but also as social critic, prophet, mystic, and idealist. Exploring Toomer's attempts to find self-realization and transcend social and cultural definitions of race, this book offers a unique view of the United States through the life of one of its most significant and fascinating intellectuals.
 

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When in 1923 the American writer Jean Toomer (1894-1967) published Cane, his famous lyric and experimental novel of black southern life, he received immediate recognition and acknowledgment for having ... Read full review

Contents

To Move from Place to Place
3
Cane
19
6
26
Editors Note
31
Editors Note
79
The Blue Man
94
The New Race 705
105
Editors Note 717
117
Editors Note
209
The Northeast
219
The South
233
California
259
Editors Note
275
have come to the door
283
Selected Bibliography 2 89
289
Copyright

Editors Note
199

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About the author (1993)

Frederik L. Rusch is at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

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