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A Jean Toomer Reader

(1993)
Selected Unpublished Writings
A collection of stories by

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 Now, this collection of unpublished writings restores a crucial dimension to our understanding of this important African American author.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



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December 1993 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Jean Toomer Reader: Selected Unpublished Writings
Author(s): Jean Toomer, Frederik L Rusch
ISBN: 0-19-507733-4 / 978-0-19-507733-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
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Paperback Editions

October 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Jean Toomer Reader: Selected Unpublished Writings
Author(s): Jean Toomer
ISBN: 0-19-508329-6 / 978-0-19-508329-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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April 1995 : Paperback
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Title: [A Jean Toomer Reader: Selected Unpublished Writings] (By: Jean Toomer) [published: April, 1995]
Author(s): Jean Toomer
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Availability: Amazon UK