by Jean Toomer

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Arna Bontemps, one of the leading contributors to the Harlem Renaissance and a scholar of African-American literature, wrote that "there are many odd and provocative things about Cane, and not the least is its form.  Reviewers who read it in 1923 were generally stumped."  Indeed, the work not only contains poetry, drama and fiction, but pushes the limits of each genre, tying them together in ways that make the work as impossible to define as it is to forget.  This is a book that is not to be taken lightly -- and not to be attempted when looking for something light -- as it will demand, and then satisfy, your full attention.

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