Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr
- Publish date: 11/01/1998
- ISBN: 9780812234510
- ISBN10: 0812234510
In Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History, Charles Scruggs and Lee VanDemarr examine original sources -- Toomer's rediscovered early writings on politics and race, his extensive correspondence with Waldo Frank, and unpublished portions of his autobiographies -- to show how the cultural wars of the 1920s influenced the shaping of Toomer's book and his subsequent efforts to escape the racial definitions of American society. That those definitions remain crucial for American society even today is one reason Toomer's work continues to fascinate and to influence contemporary writers and readers.