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Cane 2E Norton Critical Edition : Norton Critical Editions - Jean Toomer

Cane 2E Norton Critical Edition

Norton Critical Editions


Published: 6th January 2011
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"Jean Toomer's Cane signaled a breakthrough in prose and poetical writing. It set a high standard for writers coming after him. I am delighted that Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Rudolph P. Byrd revised the edition, and I congratulate Norton for publishing it. This book should be on all readers' and writers' desks and in their minds."---Maya Angelou

"This is an outstanding critical edition that illuminates the complex life of Jean Toomer, the creation of Cane, his haunting, influential masterpiece, and modernism. Once again, we are indebted to Rudolph Byrd and Henry Louis Gates, Jt. for their superb scholarship."---Charles Johnson

"In this skillfully edited and comprehensive volume, Toomer's multivalent, elliptical modernism finds full expression. Recognizing the author's fascination with fragmentation and hybridity, this edition of Cane gives teacher and student more complete access, biographically and critically, to Toomer's mind and art than anything else of its kind available."---William L. Andrews, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Rudolph Byrd and Henry Louis Gates have given us the definitive critical edition of Jean Toomer's masterwork, Cane. Their introduction, a model of literary history, provides a thorough discussion of the author's biography as well as an in-depth discussion of the cultural and historical contexts that gave birth to the novel. As such, it introduces as not only to the text itself but also to the supporting documents gathered here. Autobiographical essays, correspondence, and an assortment of critical, literary, and scholarly essays all afford readers a wealth of material that furthers our understanding and appreciation of this text. With this volume, a literary gem has finally found the magnificent setting it deserves."---Farah Jasmine Griffin, Columbia University.

"The introduction is excellently researched and complements the included materials well. The selection of contemporary reviews and landmarks of later reception is outstanding."---Werner Sollors, Harvard University

"At last, a new Norton Critical Edition of Cane, and a vast improvement over what has been available. Professors Byrd and Gates's Introduction expertly situates the book in relation to the diverse strands of American modernism as well as Toomer's life and thought. With a generous, up-to-date, and well-chosen selection of ancillary readings, both primary and secondary, this edition of a modernist classic will be welcomed far and wide."---George Hutchinson, Indiana University

* Rudolph P. Byrd and Henry Louis Gates Jr.: "Song of the Son": The Emergence and Passing of Jean Toomer
Jean Toomer's Racial Self-Identification: A Note on the Supporting Materials
*Draft Registration, June 5, 1917
*1930 Census
*Detail of 1930 Census
*1931 Marriage Certificate
*Draft Registration, April 24, 1942

The Text of Cane
Waldo Frank * Foreword to the 1923 Edition of Cane
Map of Sparta, Georgia

Backgrounds and Sources

Background Texts
Jean Toomer * The Cane Years
* Why I Entered the Gurdjieff Work
To Alain Locke, November 11, 1919
To Georgia Douglas Johnson, December 1919
To Georgia Douglas Johnson, January 7, 1920
To Georgia Douglas Johnson, February 20, 1920
To Alain Locke, December 24, 1920
To Alain Locke, January 26, 1921
To Alain Locke, November 8, 1921
To Alain Locke, November 1921
To Waldo Frank, March 24, 1922
Waldo Frank to Jean Toomer, April 25, 1922
To Waldo Frank, April 26, 1922
To Waldo Frank, August 21, 1922
To John McClure, July 22, 1922
To Claude McKay, July 23, 1922
To the Editors of The Liberator, August 19, 1922
To Alain Locke, October 1, 1922
To Gorham B. Munson, October 31, 1922
To Sherwood Anderson, December 18, 1922
To Sherwood Anderson, December 29, 1922
To Waldo Frank, December 1922
To Waldo Frank, December 12, 1922
To Alain Locke, January 2, 1923
To Waldo Frank, early January 1923
To Waldo Frank, early to mid January 1923
To Waldo Frank, early January 1923
To Horace Liveright, January 11, 1923
To Horace Liveright, February 27, 1923
To Horace Liveright, March 9, 1923
To Horace Liveright, September 5, 1923
To Countee Cullen, October 1, 1923
To Georgia O'Keeffe, January 13, 1924
To James Weldon Johnson, July 11, 1930


Contemporary Reviews
Montgomery Gregory * A Review of Cane
Robert Littell * A Review of Cane
W. E .B. Du Bois and Alain Locke * The Younger Literary Movement
Gorham B. Munson * The Significance of Jean Toomer
Paul Rosenfeld * Jean Toomer

Critical Interpretations
Sterling A. Brown * Jean Toomer
Langston Hughes * Gurdjieff in Harlem
Robert Bone * [Jean Toomer's Cane]
Darwin T. Turner * The Failure of a Playwright
Arna Bontemps * Introduction to the 1969 Edition of Cane
John M. Reilly * The Search for Black Redemption: Jean Toomer's Cane
Bernard Bell * A Key to the Poems in Cane
Catherine L. Innes * The Unity of Jean Toomer's Cane
Charles T. Davis * Jean Toomer and the South: Region and Race as Elements within a Literary Imagination
Alice Walker * The Divided Life of Jean Toomer
David Bradley * Looking Behind Cane
Charles Scruggs * Textuality and Vision in Jean Toomer's Cane
Gayl Jones * Blues Ballad: Jean Toomer's "Karintha"
George B. Hutchinson * Jean Toomer and the "New Negroes" of Washington
Barbara Foley * Jean Toomer's Washington and the Politics of Class: From "Blue Veins" to Seventh-street Rebels
Megan Abbott * "Dorris Dances . . . John Dreams": Free Indirect Discourse and Female Subjectivity in Cane
Werner Sollors * Jean Toomer's Cane: Modernism and Race in Interwar America
Mark Whalan * Jean Toomer and the Avant-Garde
Gino Michael Pellegrini * Jean Toomer's Cane: "Mixed-Blood" Impossibilities
Jennifer D. Williams * Jean Toomer's Cane and the Erotics of Mourning
Nellie Y. McKay * Jean Toomer, the Artist-An Unfulfilled American Life: An Afterword

Jean Toomer: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography

ISBN: 9780393931686
ISBN-10: 0393931684
Series: Norton Critical Editions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 552
Published: 6th January 2011
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised