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An Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance: The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen (1926-29)

I’m fairly ignorant about the Harlem Renaissance, but I do know it’s produced one of my top New York writers from this trip.  I had initially been a little concerned that Larsen’s stories might be famous because of the period they depict, rather than because of her writing skill.   638 more words

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Writer's Quote Wednesday 2015

My interest to search out female African-American authors has been a long-time, though neglected wish, to know more about their contributions to and role in the literary world. 170 more words

Passing - Nella Larsen (1929)

Passing was chosen by my second book group (a lovely new feminist group) for our most recent read, we discuss it on Wednesday evening. It was my suggestion – because I already had the book and it seemed it would make a great book for discussion. 663 more words

Quicksand- Nella Larsen

I read this book with a couple of close friends in mind, good friends from high school with mixed parentage who felt confused about, but have now resolved, their place in society. 666 more words

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The story of Nella Larsen’s literary career is one of the great tragedies of American letters. One of the Harlem Renaissance’s most influential and enigmatic writers, she published two novels and several short stories before disappearing into obscurity. 1,245 more words

Nella Larsen - Passing

Confined by race, class and gender in 1920s America

Nella Larsen’s Passing was originally published in 1929, and is a chilling, chilly account of the politics of race, class and gender. 523 more words

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