In Search of Nella Larsen: A Biography of the Color Line

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 623 pages
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Born to a Danish seamstress and a black West Indian cook, Nella Larsen lived her life in the shadows of America's racial divide. Her writings about that life, briefly celebrated in her time, were lost to later generations--only to be rediscovered and hailed by many. In his search for Nella Larsen, George Hutchinson exposes the truths and half-truths surrounding her, as well as the complex reality they mask and mirror. His book is a cultural biography of the color line as it was lived by one person who truly embodied all of its ambiguities and complexities.
 

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In this biography of novelist Nella Larsen, Hutchinson (The Harlem Renaissance in Black and White) explores her work, life and place in social history, positing that the reason for Larsen's shadowy ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Nellie Walker
14
2 Inheriting the Color Line 18921898
23
3 State Street Years 18991907
36
Nashville and Fisk 19071908
53
5 Coming of Age in Copenhagen 19081912
64
New York 19121915
75
Tuskegee 19151916
90
15 Year of Arrival 1928
268
16 Passing
294
17 A Star in Harlem 1929
311
18 Trouble in Mind 1930
343
19 A Novelist on Her Own 19301932
363
20 The CrackUp 19321933
398
21 Letting Go 19331937
424
22 The Recluse on Second Avenue 19381944
452

8 A Nurse in the Bronx 19161919
109
The Dawn of the Renaissance 19191923
128
Seward Park and Harlem 19231924
153
11 High Bohemia 1925
178
Model 1926
197
13 Quicksand
224
14 In the Mecca 1927
240
23 Nella Larsen Imes RN
463
Epilogue
483
Abbreviations
490
Notes
491
Acknowledgments
592
Index
597
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