The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen: Passing, Quicksand, and The Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 1, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
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In The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen, whose career flamed brightly but briefly in the 1920s, we rediscover one of the most gifted writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

Nella Larsen's subject is the struggle of sensitive, spirited heroines to find a place for themselves in a hostile world. Passing is the story of a light-skinned beauty who, after spending years passing for white, finds herself dangerously drawn to an old friend's Harlem neighborhood. In Quicksand, a restless young mulatto tries desperately to find a comfortable place in a world in which she sees herself as a perpetual outsider. Race and marriage offer few securities here or in the other stories in a collection that is compellingly readable, rich in psychological complexity, and imbued with a sense of place that brings Harlem vibrantly to life.


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Carla Kaplan is the Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University. She is the author of "The Erotics of Talk: Women's Writing and Feminist Paradigms, Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters", and "Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance" (forthcoming). She is also editor of "Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk Tales from the Gulf States" and "Dark Symphony and Other Works by Elizabeth Laura Adams".

MARITA GOLDEN has written both fiction and nonfiction, including "Migrations of the Heart," "The Edge of Heaven," "A Miracle Every Day," and "Saving Our Sons," She is the editor of "Wild Women Don't Wear No Blues: Black Women Writers on Love, Men and Sex" and the coeditor of "Gumbo: An Anthology of African American Writing" and of "Skin Deep: Black Women and White Women Write About Race," She is the founder and CEO of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, which supports African American writers, and lives in Maryland. Please visit Marita at www.maritagolden.com.

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