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Jean Toomer

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Jean Toomer (born Nathan Pinchback Toomer; December 26, 1894 – March 30, 1967) was an American poet and novelist commonly associated with the Harlem Renaissance, though he actively resisted the association, and modernism. His reputation stems from his novel Cane (1923), which Toomer wrote during and after a stint as a school principal at a black school in rural Sparta, Georgia. The novel intertwines the stories of six women and includes an apparently autobiographical thread; sociologist Charles S. Johnson called it "the most astonishingly brilliant beginning of any Negro writer of his generation". He resisted being classified as a Negro writer, as he identified as "American". For more than a decade Toomer was an influential follower and representative of the pioneering spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff. Later in life he took up Quakerism.

Jean Toomer Books

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Cane

Jean Toomer
Cane (Warbler Classics) book cover

Cane (Warbler Classics)

Jean Toomer
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Cane

Jean Toomer
Cane book cover

Cane

Jean Toomer
Cane book cover

Cane

Jean Toomer
Cane book cover

Cane

Jean Toomer
Cane book cover

Cane

Jean Toomer
Cane book cover

Cane

Jean Toomer
Cane book cover

Cane

Jean Toomer
Cane book cover

Cane

Jean Toomer
Cane book cover

Cane

Jean Toomer
Cane book cover

Cane

Jean Toomer
Cane book cover

Cane

Jean Toomer
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A Drama of the Southwest

Jean Toomer
An Interpretation of Friends Worship (Start Classics) book cover

An Interpretation of Friends Worship (Start Classics)

Jean Toomer
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Cane (New Edition)

Jean Toomer
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