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About the Author
Jean Toomer (December 26, 1894-March 30, 1967) was an American poet and novelist. Born Nathan Pinchback Toomer in Washington, D.C. in 1894, he was the son of Nathan Toomer (1839-1906), a former enslaved man and farmer, and Nina Elizabeth Pinchback (1866-1909), whose parents became free people of color prior to the Civil War. Studying widely across a range of subjects, Toomer never earned a degree. His writing is informed by a powerfully innovative impulse and independent study of contemporary writers and poets. In addition to CANE, for which he is best known, Toomer published short fiction, poetry and essays in periodicals of the time. In his later life, he studied the Quaker religion, Indian faiths, the psychology of Carl Jung and committed himself to the teachings of spiritualist George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff.
This collection features the work of Jacob J. Leibson, an author of religious children's stories and plays; Ruth E. Levi; the Rabbis: Rev. Dr. Alexander Lyons, Solomon Fineberg, Joseph Leiser, and Louis Witt; Imra Kraft, an author of educational children's plays; the vice president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Louis Broido and Elma Levinger, a teacher and activist who dedicated her writing career to producing work that would instill a sense of pride in Jewish children.