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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
Excellent Harlem Renaissance writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Dennis Greene - Goodreads

A strong work from the Harlem Renaissance by an outstanding writer. Read full review

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User Review  - Summer - Goodreads

You should read some Nella Larson. I bought this book a few years ago for next to nothing when Borders was going out of business. My edition had a picture of the author on the cover (who is basically ... Read full review

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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 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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