Passing

Author:
Nella Larsen
Publisher:
RAND
ISBN:
9780375758133
Publication Date:
-
Format:
Paperback
Item Location:
ENGLISH
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$22.99

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Includes foreword by Mae Henderson and an introduction by Ntozake Shange. This book also includes commentary, notes and a reading group guide.
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"[Nella Larsen's novels] open up a whole world of experience and struggle that seemed to me, when I first read them years ago, absolutely absorbing, fascinating, and indispensable."--Alice Walker "[Nella Larsen] offers characters so honest and desperate to be whole that we cannot help but champion their humanity."--From Ntozake Shange's Introduction
AUTHOR INFORMATION
Nella Larsen was born in Chicago of interracial parentage on April 13, 1891. She grew up in a white world, primarily among people of German and Scandinavian stock. Her first experience with an all-black world occurred in 1909, when she matriculated at the high school division of Fisk University in Nashville. After studying at the University of Copenhagen for two years, Larsen moved to New York City in 1912 to study nursing at Lincoln Hospital. She would later train as a librarian, earning her certificate from the New York Public Library in 1923. In 1919 she married Elmer Samuel Imes, a prominent black research physicist, who introduced her to Harlem's literary and social elite. Larsen s first novel, "Quicksand," was published by Knopf in 1928 and was awarded a Bronze Medal by the Harmon Foundation in recognition of Distinguished Achievement Among Negroes in Literature. "Passing" was published in 1929. In 1930 Larsen became the first African American woman to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in creative writing. Following a highly publicized divorce in 1933, Larsen gradually withdrew from literary circles and abandoned writing altogether. She spent the last twenty years of her life working as a nurse in Manhattan hospitals. Nella Larsen died in New York City on March 30, 1964."
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This book includes a new foreword by Mae Henderson and an introduction by Ntozake Shange. It also includes commentary, notes and a reading group guide.
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