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Jean Toomer

USA flag (1894 - 1967)

Jean Toomer, whose full name was Nathan Eugene Pinchback Toomer, 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.