Quicksand (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 29, 2002 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Born to a white mother and an absent black father, and despised for her dark skin, Helga Crane has long had to fend for herself. As a young woman, Helga teaches at an all-black school in the South, but even here she feels different. Moving to Harlem and eventually to Denmark, she attempts to carve out a comfortable life and place for herself, but ends up back where she started, choosing emotional freedom that quickly translates into a narrow existence.

Quicksand, Nella Larsen's powerful first novel, has intriguing autobiographical parallels and at the same time invokes the international dimension of African American culture of the 1920s. It also evocatively portrays the racial and gender restrictions that can mark a life.


  

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Thadious Davis writes a great introduction - Goodreads
Rich and powerful writing. - Goodreads
Incredibly heartbreaking ending. - Goodreads
There's also not a whole lot of character development. - Goodreads
Nella Larson was a fantastic writer. - Goodreads
I also hated the ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

Nella Larsen is quite a discovery; a lost writer of the Harlem Renaissance. Only two novellas of hers were published, and then she was unjustly accused of plagiarism of a story and stopped writing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ed Broderick - Goodreads

This book from the Harlem Renaissance is pretty uneven. The writing alternates between wondrously complex and inventive, to a little wooden. There's not much of a story, either; the book just ... Read full review

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Contents

FOUR
EIGHT
TWELVE
FIFTEEN
EIGHTEEN
TWENTYONE
TWENTYFIVE

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Nella Larsen (1891-1964) was the author of two novels and several short stories. She received a Guggenheim fellowship to write a third novel in 1930 but, unable to find a publisher for it, she disappeared from the literary scene and worked as a nurse.

Thadious M. Davis†is G. C. Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, the author of an acclaimed biography of Nella Larsen, and the editor of Larsenís Quicksand for Penguin Classics.


Thadious M. Davis†is G. C. Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, the author of an acclaimed biography of Nella Larsen, and the editor of Larsenís Quicksand for Penguin Classics.

Nella Larsen (1891-1964) was the author of two novels and several short stories. She received a Guggenheim fellowship to write a third novel in 1930 but, unable to find a publisher for it, she disappeared from the literary scene and worked as a nurse.

Thadious M. Davis†is G. C. Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, the author of an acclaimed biography of Nella Larsen, and the editor of Larsenís Quicksand for Penguin Classics.


Thadious M. Davis†is G. C. Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, the author of an acclaimed biography of Nella Larsen, and the editor of Larsenís Quicksand for Penguin Classics.

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