Jean Toomer

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.

Toomer continued to write poetry, short stories and essays. His first wife died soon after the birth of their daughter. After he married again in 1934, Toomer moved with his family from New York to Doylestown, Pennsylvania. There he became a member of the Religious Society of Friends (also known as Quakers) and retired from public life. His papers are held by the Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University. Provided by Wikipedia
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    by Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967
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    by Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967
    Published 1988
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    by Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967
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    by Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967
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    by Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967
    Published 1975
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    by Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967
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    by Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967
    Published 1991
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    by Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967
    Published 1980
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    by Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967
    Published 1969
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    by Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967
    Published 1923
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    by Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967
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    by Wintz, Cary D., 1943-
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