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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Nellie Y. McKay's Jean Toomer, Artist is an account of Toomer's life and work from his birth in 1894 to the publication of his long poem "Blue Meridian" in 1936. McKay's is the most complete biography of Toomer published thus far, and it also includes the most extensive analysis to date of Toomer's literary work. For the biographical material, McKay has made heavy use of the Jean Toomer Special Collection at Fisk University, especially the autobiographical manuscripts and the manuscript letters therein. A detailed scholarly investigation of Toomer has been sorely needed now that his important place in the canon of American literature has been recognized. Unfortunately, though this book has much to commend it, it is not the definitive study one would have hoped for.
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