Brother Mine: The Correspondence of Jean Toomer and Waldo Frank

As Kathleen Pfeiffer demonstrates in this fascinating new collection, letters also forge and record intimacy, serve as conduits for aesthetic discovery, and disclose moments of vulnerability when candor trumps the imperative to snip and shape.  Brother Mine shows two men’s fierce ambition to collaborate on what Jean Toomer called the ‘dual task of creating an American literature,’ but it also shows their mutual need for ‘creative friendship’ to sustain their often fragile aesthetic and emotional confidence.

— Mark Whalan, author of Race, Manhood and Modernism: The Short Story Cycles of Sherwood Anderson and Jean Toomer