African Americans--Fiction.; Country life--Fiction.; Southern States--Fiction.
Unabridged.; Downloadable audio file.; Title from title screen.; The Harlem Renaissance writer's innovative and groundbreaking novel depicting African American life in the South and North, with a foreword by National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree Zinzi Clemmons Jean Toomer's Cane is one of the most significant works to come out of the Harlem Renaissance, and is considered to be a masterpiece in American modernist literature because of its distinct structure and style. First published in 1923 and told through a series of vignettes, Cane uses poetry, prose, and play-like dialogue to create a window into the varied lives of African Americans living in the rural South and urban North during a time when Jim Crow laws pervaded and racism reigned. While critically acclaimed and known today as a pioneering text of the Harlem Renaissance, the book did not gain as much popularity as other works written during the period. Fellow Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes believed Cane's lack of a wider readership was because it didn't reinforce the stereotypes often associated with African Americans during the time, but portrayed them in an accurate and entirely human way, breaking the mold and laying the groundwork for how African Americans are depicted in literature.
United States--Race relations--Literary collections.; African Americans--Race identity--Literary collections.; United States--Race relations--Literary collections.
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 Now, this collection of unpublished writings restores a crucial dimension to our understanding of this important African American author.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 Statesthrough the life of one of its most significant and fascinating intellectuals.; To move from place to place -- Cane [letters] -- The mystical experience -- The Negro, the blue man, and the new race -- Caught in the machine -- A children's story -- The land.
Description based upon print version of record.; Intro -- CANE -- FOREWORD -- CONTENTS -- KARINTHA -- REAPERS -- NOVEMBER COTTON FLOWER -- BECKY -- FACE -- COTTON SONG -- CARMA -- SONG OF THE SON -- GEORGIA DUSK -- FERN -- NULLO -- EVENING SONG -- ESTHER -- CONVERSION -- PORTRAIT IN GEORGIA -- BLOOD-BURNING MOON -- SEVENTH STREET -- RHOBERT -- AVEY -- BEEHIVE -- STORM ENDING -- THEATER -- HER LIPS ARE COPPER WIRE -- CALLING JESUS -- BOX SEAT -- PRAYER -- HARVEST SONG -- BONA AND PAUL -- KABNIS
<b>A lyrical “groundbreaking work” of the Harlem Renaissance, praised by writers from Langston Hughes to Maya Angelou and Alice Walker (<i>The Washington Post</i>).</b> <br /> <br /> “It would be good to hear their songs . . . reapers of the sweet-stalked cane, cutters of the corn . . . even though their throats cracked, and the strangeness of their voices deafened me.” —“Harvest Song,” Jean Toomer<br /> <br /> Published in 1923, Jean Toomer’s <i>Cane </i> has long been recognized as a pioneering work in African American literature. Employing a modernist, nontraditional structure of thematically linked prose vignettes, poems, and dialogue presented in evocative, often mournful lyrical tones, Toomer created a unique impressionistic mosaic of the inner lives of African Americans in the early twentieth century, encompassing the rural South and the urban North. Deeply felt and beautifully expressed, Toomer’s masterpiece continues to resonate almost a century after it was written.<br /> <br /> <i>This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.</i> <br />
"First published as a Liveright paperback 1975; reissued 1993, 2011"--Title page verso; Original copyright 1923 by Boni & Liveright.; First published in 1923, Jean Toomer's Cane is an innovative literary work part drama, part poetry, part fiction powerfully evoking black life in the South. Rich in imagery, Toomer s impressionistic, sometimes surrealistic sketches of Southern rural and urban life are permeated by visions of smoke, sugarcane, dusk, and fire; the northern world is pictured as a harsher reality of asphalt streets. This iconic work of American literature is published with a new introduction by Rudolph Byrd of Emory University and Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University.; First published in 1923, Jean Toomer's Cane is an innovative literary work part drama, part poetry, part fiction powerfully evoking black life in the South. Rich in imagery, Toomer's impressionistic, sometimes surrealistic sketches of Southern rural and urban life are permeated by visions of smoke, sugarcane, dusk, and fire; the northern world is pictured as a harsher reality of asphalt streets. This iconic work of American literature is published with a new afterword by Rudolph Byrd of Emory University and Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, who provide groundbreaking biographical information on Toomer, place his writing within the context of American modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, and examine his shifting claims about his own race and his pioneering critique of race as a scientific or biological concept.
Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed January 07, 2019).; Jean Toomer's revolutionary masterpiece Cane (1923) ushered in the era we now know as the Harlem Renaissance, and has come to be considered one of the classic works of American literary modernism. A boldly experimental "novel" mixing prose, poetry, and dramatic sketches, the book's hallmark is its formal sophistication; sexuality, racism, and industrialization are among its major themes. Above all else it offers unforgettably evocative portraits of the African American lives Toomer encountered in rural Georgia, by turns down-to-earth, heartfelt, hauntingly lyrical.
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