Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Jean Toomer


Cane is one of the most significant works to come out of the Harlem Renaissance and, because to its distinct structure and style, is considered to be a masterpiece in American modernist literature. First published in 1923 and told through a series of vignettes, Cane uses poetry, prose and play-like dialogue to create a window into the varied lives of African Americans living in the rural South and urban North during a time when Jim Crow laws pervaded and racism was rife.

Paperback, 176pp
Dover Publications, 2019 (1923)
ISBN 9780486829258