Synopses & Reviews
A literary masterpiece of the Harlem Renaissance, is a powerful work of innovative fiction evoking black life in the South. The sketches, poems, and stories of black rural and urban life that make up are rich in imagery. Visions of smoke, sugarcane, dusk, and flame permeate the Southern landscape: the Northern world is pictured as a harsher reality of asphalt streets. Impressionistic, sometimes surrealistic, the pieces are redolent of nature and Africa, with sensuous appeals to eye and ear.
"By far the most impressive product of the Negro Renaissance, ranks with Richard Wright's and Ralph Ellison's as a measure of the Negro novelist's highest achievement. Jean Toomer belongs to that first rank of writers who use words almost as a plastic medium, shaping new meanings from an original and highly personal style." Robert A. Bone, The Negro Novel in America
"[Cane] has been reverberating in me to an astonishing degree.
About the Author
Jean Toomer (1894-1967)