Representative Works from Harlem Renaissance

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Cane

Jean Toomer's Cane is a three-part novel comprising both poems and short stories. Published in 1923, the work was hailed as a revolutionary exploration of black city and rural life in early twentieth century America.

Toomer's experimentation with style, structure, and language reflects the influence of the numerous avant-garde writers and artists (those whose work is considered groundbreaking or somewhat experimental) he met while living in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. The book received much praise from the critics for its efforts to break from typical realism and for its exciting use of language but garnered little popular success. While Toomer went on to write essays and plays, Cane was his only published book.

God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse

James Weldon Johnson's God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse was published in 1927. This collection of poetry established Johnson as one of the literary...

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