Cane

ISBN-10: 0393931684
ISBN-13: 9780393931686
Edition: 2nd 2010 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $16.52
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/6/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430

Jean Toomer is known today for the one successful book of his career, the novel Cane, published in 1923. Based in part upon his brief experience in the South as a school teacher, Cane was perhaps the first genuinely experimental novel by an African American writer responding to the liberating form of modernist narrative techniques as well as to the deepest and most primal roots of black folk culture in both the South and the North. As such, it reflects in its form the identity conflict that the novel's interwoven stories and poems address. Cane is unique for its blend of poetic language and psychological and moral realism; it established Toomer as one of the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance. However, Toomer soon was absorbed in his own spiritual education. He eventually became a Quaker and spent most of the last part of his life in seclusion.

Rudolph P. Byrd is Associate Professor in The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University. Byrd has also published Traps (IUP, 2001) and I Call Myself an Artist (IUP, 1999). He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was born on September 16, 1950, in Keyser, West Virginia. He received a degree in history from Yale University in 1973 and a Ph.D. from Clare College, which is part of the University of Cambridge in 1979. He is a leading scholar of African-American literature, history, and culture. He began working on the Black Periodical Literature Project, which uncovered lost literary works published in 1800s. He rediscovered what is believed to be the first novel published by an African-American in the United States. He republished the 1859 work by Harriet E. Wilson, entitled Our Nig, in 1983. He has written numerous books including Colored People: A Memoir, A Chronology of African-American History, The Future of the Race, Black Literature and Literary Theory, and The Signifying Monkey: Towards a Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism. In 1991, he became the head of the African-American studies department at Harvard University. He is now the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at the university. He wrote and produced several documentaries including Wonders of the African World, America Beyond the Color Line, and African American Lives. He has also hosted PBS programs such as Wonders of the African World, Black in Latin America, and Finding Your Roots.

Introduction
"Song of the Son": The Emergence and Passing of Jean Toomer
Jean Toomer's Racial Self-Identification: A Note on the Supporting Materials
*Draft Registration, June 5, 1917
*1930 Census
*Detail of 1930 Census
*1931 Marriage Certificate
*Draft Registration, April 24, 1942
The Text of Cane
Foreword to the 1923 Edition of Cane
Map of Sparta, Georgia
Backgrounds and Sources
Background Texts
The Cane Years
* Why I Entered the Gurdjieff Work
Correspondence
To Alain Locke, November 11, 1919
To Georgia Douglas Johnson, December 1919
To Georgia Douglas Johnson, January 7, 1920
To Georgia Douglas Johnson, February 20, 1920
To Alain Locke, December 24, 1920
To Alain Locke, January 26, 1921
To Alain Locke, November 8, 1921
To Alain Locke, November 1921
To Waldo Frank, March 24, 1922
Waldo Frank to Jean Toomer, April 25, 1922
To Waldo Frank, April 26, 1922
To Waldo Frank, August 21, 1922
To John McClure, July 22, 1922
To Claude McKay, July 23, 1922
To the Editors of The Liberator, August 19, 1922
To Alain Locke, October 1, 1922
To Gorham B. Munson, October 31, 1922
To Sherwood Anderson, December 18, 1922
To Sherwood Anderson, December 29, 1922
To Waldo Frank, December 1922
To Waldo Frank, December 12, 1922
To Alain Locke, January 2, 1923
To Waldo Frank, early January 1923
To Waldo Frank, early to mid January 1923
To Waldo Frank, early January 1923
To Horace Liveright, January 11, 1923
To Horace Liveright, February 27, 1923
To Horace Liveright, March 9, 1923
To Horace Liveright, September 5, 1923
To Countee Cullen, October 1, 1923
To Georgia O'Keeffe, January 13, 1924
To James Weldon Johnson, July 11, 1930
Criticism
Contemporary Reviews
A Review of Cane
A Review of Cane
The Younger Literary Movement
The Significance of Jean Toomer
Jean Toomer
Critical Interpretations
Jean Toomer
Gurdjieff in Harlem
[Jean Toomer's Cane]
The Failure of a Playwright
Introduction to the 1969 Edition of Cane
The Search for Black Redemption: Jean Toomer's Cane
A Key to the Poems in Cane
The Unity of Jean Toomer's Cane
Jean Toomer and the South: Region and Race as Elements within a Literary Imagination
The Divided Life of Jean Toomer
Looking Behind Cane
Textuality and Vision in Jean Toomer's Cane
Blues Ballad: Jean Toomer's "Karintha"
Jean Toomer and the "New Negroes" of Washington
Jean Toomer's Washington and the Politics of Class: From "Blue Veins" to Seventh-street Rebels
"Dorris Dances . . . John Dreams": Free Indirect Discourse and Female Subjectivity in Cane
Jean Toomer's Cane: Modernism and Race in Interwar America
Jean Toomer and the Avant-Garde
Jean Toomer's Cane: "Mixed-Blood" Impossibilities
Jean Toomer's Cane and the Erotics of Mourning
Jean Toomer, the Artist-An Unfulfilled American Life: An Afterword
A Chronology
Selected Bibliography

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