Passing

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Penguin, Feb 4, 2003 - Fiction - 160 pages
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Nella Larsen's remarkably candid exploration of shifting racial and sexual boundaries

Clare Kendry leads a dangerous life. Fair, elegant, and ambitious, she is married to a white man unaware of her African American heritage, and has severed all ties to her past. Clare’s childhood friend, Irene Redfield, just as light-skinned, has chosen to remain within the African American community, but refuses to acknowledge the racism that continues to constrict her family’s happiness. A chance encounter forces both women to confront the lies they have told others—and the secret fears they have buried within themselves. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by Larsen biographer Thadious M. Davis.

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User Review  - stipe168 - LibraryThing

"passing" refers to light-skinned african americans passing as white-skinned americans. it's a very interesting dynamic and this novel handles the confusion and fear associated with it. very well done. Read full review

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Another trailblazer, Larsen wrote this novel in 1929. It follows Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield, two light-skinned black women who try to escape racism. Kendry chooses to sever all ties with her ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
A NOTE ON THE TEXT
PART ONE ENCOUNTER
ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FOUR
PART THREE FINALE
ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
EXPLANATORY NOTES
ENCOUNTER

PART TWO REENCOUNTER
ONE
TWO
THREE
REENCOUNTER
FINALE
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

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 the G. C. Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, the author of an acclaimed biography of Nella Larsen, and the editor of Larsen’s Quicksand for Penguin Classics.

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