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A Jean Toomer Reader: Selected Unpublished Writings
A Jean Toomer Reader: Selected Unpublished Writings Jean Toomer 0195083296 9780195083293 Jean Toomer achieved instant recognition as a critic and thinker in 1923 with the publication of his novel Cane,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 hards
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A Jean Toomer Reader: Selected Unpublished Writings by Jean Toomer

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, Toomers 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 Now, this collection of unpublished writings restores a crucial dimension to our understanding of this important African American author.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 childrens story, Frederik Rusch offers insight into Toomers mind and spirituality, his feelings on racial identity in America, and his attitudes toward and ideas about Cane. Rusch highlights Toomers 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 Toomers 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.

Author: Jean Toomer

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 316

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 1993-12-16

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