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ISBN: 0393931684 / ISBN-13: 9780393931686

Cane

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Originally published in 1923, Cane is a literary masterpiece of the Harlem Renaissance. The growing interest in African-American literature that ... Show synopsis

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  • Cane (W. W. Norton & Company) – Trade paperback (2011)
    by Jean Toomer, Rudolph P Byrd (Editor), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Editor)

    Cane

    Trade paperback, W. W. Norton & Company
    2011
    English
    2nd ed.
    472 pages

    ISBN: 0393931684
    ISBN-13: 9780393931686

    A masterpiece of the Harlem Renaissance, Cane remains an innovative literary work. The introduction to this revised edition provides groundbreaking biographical information on Jean Toomer. Revised and expanded explanatory annotations and illustrative materials are included, along with the 1923 foreword. "Backgrounds and Sources" collects a wealth of autobiographical writing. The volume also reprints thirty of Toomer's letters and there is a rich "Criticism" section. A new chronology and an updated bibliography are included.

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Overall customer rating: 3.000
The Pageturner

Redundant and Beautiful Book

by The Pageturner on Jan 3, 2009

I am in the processing of reading this book and I must tell you, it is quite beautiful, but redundant. Cane is a master at figurative language, except he keeps mentionging lines like pine needles". The women in his stories do not seem to have a dark skin tone, most of them are fair, which leads me to believe that the women are a portrayal of Toomer himself, who was light enough to pass for white. His stories are so predictable and I found myself depressed by the time I reached the story "Avey". Why must each story have a negative or bad ending? It is as if he is following the clicheish them of "the tragic mullatto" which was popular in his time. You would think such a brilliant man wouldn't lower himself to those standards. So, Cane is a book that you COULD read, but there are much better options to choose from.

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