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Jean Toomer (1894 - 1967)

Jean Toomer's Cane is a thick, poetic, moody work of literary art.  During the Harlem Renaissance, he seemed destined for greatness in writing---but, unfortunately, he had trouble getting published thereafter.


Toomer poetry


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List of Works




Balo: A One Act Sketch of Negro Life


Banking Coal







. . . our lot on the earth is to seek and to search. Now and again we find just enough to enable us to carry on. I now doubt that any of us will completely find and be found in this life.


Once a man has tasted creative action, then thereafter, no matter how safely he schools himself in patience, he is restive, acutely dissatisfied with anything else. He becomes as a lover to whom abstinence is intolerable.




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