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

Jean Toomer—Cane (New Edition)

  • 9780871402103
bottom of page