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Cane

Toomer, Jean

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ISBN 10: 0871401045 / ISBN 13: 9780871401045
Published by Liveright, New York, 1975
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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FIRST LIVERIGHT PAPER EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, full number line; for this edition there is an interesting new 25-page introduction by Darwin T. Turner; from the library of the linguist Glenn Gilbert with Gilbert's inscription on the ffep, slight shelfwear, paper covers slightly curled, some foxing, rated Very Good; would interest collectors of first printings of the various editions of Jean Toomer's classic work, as well as 20th-century African American literature generally; soft covers, designed by Tim Gaydos, and lettering are multicolored; 7 3/4 inches tall, xxv + 116 numbered pages Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001246

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Title: Cane

Publisher: Liveright, New York

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Thus.

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Synopsis:

Originally published in 1923, Cane is a literary masterpiece of the Harlem Renaissance. The growing interest in African-American literature that began in the 1960's led to the rediscovery of earlier African-American writers, one of whom is Jean Toomer, author of Cane. It is an innovative literary work―part drama, part poetry, part fiction.

"Backgrounds" contains generous excerpts from Jean Toomer's correspondence with fellow writers Sherwood Anderson, Waldo Frank, and Allen Tate, and with his publisher, Horace Liveright.

Darwin T. Turner's "Introduction" (to the 1975 Liveright edition of Cane), reprinted here, presents the historical and literary backgrounds of the work, as well as additional biographical information on Toomer.

"Criticism", both contemporary and recent, on Cane and Toomer is wide-ranging and includes essays by W. E. B. Du Bois, Gorham B. Munson, Robert Bone, Patricia Watkins, Lucinda H. MacKethan, Nellie Y. McKay, and Darwin T. Turner.

About the Author:

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.

Darwin T. Turner was professor of English at the University of Iowa and head of its Afro-American World Studies Program. He wrote extensively about Jean Toomer. He was the author of In a Minor Chord: Three Afro-American Writers and Their Search for Identity, Katharsis, and Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter." He edited, among other books, The Wayward and the Seeking: Selected Writings by Jean Toomer, Afro-American Writers, and Black American Literature: Essays, Poetry, Fiction, Drama. Professor Turner's poems were published in numerous journals, as were his many articles and reviews, most concerned with Afro-American writers.

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