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Toomer, Jean

Toomer, Jean, 1894–1967, American writer, b. Washington, D.C., 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. He also wrote other poetry, essays, and plays.

See biography by R. Eldridge and C. E. Kerman (1987) N. Y. McKay, Jean Toomer, Artist (1984) G. Fabre, Jean Toomer and the Harlem Renaissance (2000).

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