Jean toomer's cane is one of the most significant works to come out of the harlem renaissance, and is considered to be a masterpiece in american modernist literature because of its distinct structure and style. Jean toomer (1894-1967) was an african american novelist and poet who wrote during the harlem renaissance the son of a mixed-race freedman born into slavery who. Toomer, jean, 1894-1967, american writer, b washington, dc, as nathan eugene toomer a major figure of the harlem renaissance, he is known mainly for cane (1923, rev ed 1988, 2011), a collection of stories, poems, and sketches about african-american life in rural georgia and the urban north.
A masterpiece of the harlem renaissance and a canonical work in both the american and the african american literary traditions, cane is now available in a revised and expanded norton critical edition originally published in 1923, jean toomer's cane remains an innovative literary work—part drama. Given the secondary position of persons of african descent throughout their history in america, it could reasonably be argued that all efforts of creative writers from that group are forms of protest however, for purposes of this discussion, defining african american protest poetrysome parameters. Race, manhood, and modernism in america offers the first extended comparison between american writers sherwood anderson (1876-1941) and jean toomer (1894-1967), examining their engagement with the ideas of young american writers and critics such as van wyck brooks, paul rosenfeld, and waldo frank.
Jean toomer: american\african american exhibition label writer and philosopher jean toomer was an influential voice in the african american cultural resurgence known as the harlem renaissance. Jean toomer received much acclaim for his portrait of african-american life in the early 20th century in his 1923 book cane the harlem renaissance author wrote vivid vignettes in a series of. By elizabeth brevard, intern, catalog of american portraits, national portrait gallery an author, philosopher, and spiritual adviser, washington, dc, native jean toomer (1894-1967) challenged the accepted race and social labels during the mid-twentieth century.
The author who really drew a vivid picture of the lives of southern black people was jean toomer toomer wrote his famous novel cane at the beginning of the harlem renaissance which further inspired other african american artist. Jean toomer (born nathan pinchback toomer, december 26, 1894 - march 30, 1967) was an african american poet and novelist commonly associated with the harlem renaissance, though he actively resisted the association, and modernism. Jean toomer—to draw upon a famous metaphor of web du bois—did not want to ride in the jim crow car of american literary culture or of american social life. Jean toomer, published in 1923 and reprinted in 1967, about the african american experience this symbolic, poetic work comprises a variety of literary forms, including poems and short stories, and incorporates elements from both southern black folk culture and the contemporary white avant-garde.
Jean toomer (1894-1967) was born in washington, dc, 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. Toomer is writing at a crucial time in american and african-american literary history his friends are members of the lost generation of writers intent on reforming american literature his effort is to make a different kind of presentation of african-america through the art of literature. Cane is jean toomer's acclaimed exploration of the american racial temperament of the 1920s using his own life as a model, toomer explores the issues of race and identity that simmer just below the fragile american social veneer. In introducing toomer, in effect, as the first african american writer to raise african american literature to the level of genuine art, frank's foreword had predictable if inadvertent consequences that toomer seems to have felt constrained by only in hindsight.
Jean toomer was an american poet and novelist and an important figure of the harlem renaissance his first book cane is considered by many as his most significant. Cane is a 1923 novel by noted harlem renaissance author jean toomerthe novel is structured as a series of vignettes revolving around the origins and experiences of african americans in the united states. Jean toomer 713 likes jean toomer was an african american poet and novelist and an important figure of the harlem renaissance and modernism his first.