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Larsen, Nella

Overview
Works: 151 works in 543 publications in 10 languages and 29,270 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Novels  Short stories, American  Bildungsromans  Novellas  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Short films 
Roles: Author, Honoree
Classifications: PS3523.A7225, 813.52
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Passing : authoritative text, backgrounds and contexts, criticism by Nella Larsen( Book )

131 editions published between 1929 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 2,519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two light-skinned African American women try to pass for white to escape racism, and Clare Kendry cuts her ties to the past and to Irene Redfield, ignoring the fact that that racism exists. -- Novelist
Quicksand ; and, Passing by Nella Larsen( Book )

66 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two novels of 1920s Harlem describe Helga Crane's search for freedom and personal expression, and Irene's friendship with Clare, who attempts to pass for white
The Sleeper wakes : Harlem renaissance stories by women by Jessie Redmon Fauset( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty-eight stories with themes of black and white racial tension and misunderstanding, economic deprivation, passing, love across and within racial lines, and the attempt to maintain community and uplife the race
Quicksand by Nella Larsen( Book )

61 editions published between 1928 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Born to an indifferent white mother and an absent black father, and scorned 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."--Jacket
An intimation of things distant : the collected fiction of Nella Larsen by Nella Larsen( Book )

9 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between 1926 and 1930--the golden era of the Harlem Renaissance--Nella Larsen became the first black woman to be awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. Here, for the first time in one volume, are Larsen's novels "Quicksand" and "Passing" with corrected endings, along with three short stories
The complete fiction of Nella Larsen by Nella Larsen( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A light-skinned beauty who spends years passing for white finds herself dangerously drawn to an old friend's Harlem neighborhood. A restless young mulatto tries desperately to find a comfortable place in a world in which she sees herself as a perpetual outsider. A mother's confrontation with tragedy tests her loyalty to her race. The gifted Harlem Renaissance writer Nella Larsen wrote compelling dramas about the black middle class that featured sensitive, spirited heroines struggling to find a place where they belonged. Passing, Larsen's best-known work, is a disturbing story about the unraveling lives of two childhood friends, one of whom turns her back on her past and marries a white bigot. Just as disquieting is the portrait in Quicksand of Helga Crane, half black and half white, who can't escape her loneliness no matter where and with whom she lives"--Page 4 of cover
Passing by Nella Larsen( Recording )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A black woman, passing for white, is married to a white man who is unaware of her heritage. Her childhood friend also looks white, but remained in the black community and is married to a successful black doctor. When the two friends are reunited after many years, they are forced to confront their lies and secret fears
The Harlem Renaissance : an anthology by Cary D Wintz( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Included in this volume are Paul Laurence Dunbar's poems; Charles W. Chesnutt's "The Wife of his youth"; A criticism and assessment by William Dean Howells; W.E.B. du Bois' poems and The quest of the silver fleece; James Weldon Johnson's poems and The autobiography of an ex-colored man; Claude McKay's poems; Jean Toomer's Cane; Jessie Fauset's There is confusion; Walter White's The fire in the flint; The Civic Club Dinner; Alain Locke's Survey graphic -- Harlem: Mecca of the new Negro, and The new Negro; The Opportunity literary contest; Carl Van Vechten's Nigger heaven; Fire!!; Langston Hughes' The Negro artist and the racial mountain; W.E.B. du Bois on Artistic freedom and responsibility; Langston Hughes' poems, 1922-1930; Countee Cullen's poems from Color; James Weldon Johnson's God's trombones; Claude McKay's Home to Harlem and two reviews; Nell Larsen's Passing; Wallace Thurman's The blacker the berry; Langston Hughes' Not without laughter; Alain Locke's This year of grace; Arna Bontemps' God sends Sunday; Sterling Brown's Poems from Southern Road; Langston Hughes' A "social poet"; Zora Neale Hurston's Mules and men; and Criticism from The new challenge
Drijfzand ; Schutkleur by Nella Larsen( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in Dutch and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amerika, jaren twintig. Twee korte romans over de rol die 'kleur' speelt in het leven van Amerikaanse vrouwen die één blanke en één zwarte ouder hebben
Passing & Quicksand by Nella Larsen( )

3 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nella Larsen was an important writer associated with the Harlem Renaissance. While she was not prolific her work was powerful and critically acclaimed. Collected here are both of her novels, 'Passing' and 'Quicksand'. 'Passing' confronts the reality of racial passing. The novel focuses on two childhood friends Clare and Irene, both of whom are light-skinned enough to pass as white, who have reconnected with one another after many years apart. Clare has chosen to pass while Irene has embraced her racial heritage and become an important member of her community. The novel examines how people pass
Harlem Renaissance : five novels of the 1920s( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five Novels of the 1920s leads off with Jean Toomer's Cane (1923), a unique fusion of fiction, poetry, and drama rooted in Toomer's experiences as a teacher in Georgia. Recognized on publication as a groundbreaking work of literary modernism, Toomer's masterpiece was followed within a few years by a cluster of novels exploring black experience and the dilemmas of black identity in a variety of modes and from different angles. Claude McKay's Home to Harlem (1928), whose free-wheeling, impressionistic, bawdy kaleidoscope of Jazz Age nightlife made it a best seller, traces the picaresque adventures of Jake, a World War I veteran, within and beyond Harlem. Nell Larsen's Quicksand (1928), the poignant, nuanced psychological portrait of a woman caught between the two worlds of her mixed Scandinavian and African American heritage; Jessie Redmon Fauset's Plum Bun (1928), the richly detailed account of a young art student's struggles to advance her career in a society full of obstacles both overt and insidiously concealed; and Wallace Thurman's The Blacker the Berry (1929), with its anguished, provocative look at prejudice and exclusion as it tells of a new arrival in Harlem searching for love, each in its distinct way testifies to the enduring power of the Harlem ferment. Often controversial in their own day for opening up new realms of subject matter (including intergenerational conflict and color prejudice within the African American community) and language (infusing a wealth of argot and previously unheard voices into American fiction), these novels continue to surprise by their passion, their unblinking observation, their lively play of ideas, and their irreverent humor
SHORT FICTION OF NELLA LARSEN by Nella Larsen( )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nella Larsen was an important writer associated with the Harlem Renaissance. While she was not prolific her work was powerful and critically acclaimed. Collected here are all three of her published short stories; "Freedom," "The Wrong Man," and "Sanctuary." These stories are about love, loss, mistaken identity, and death
Quicksand : a Library of America EBook Classic by Nella Larsen( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Increasingly recognized as one of the masterworks of the Harlem Renaissance, Quicksand (1928) turns the techniques of literary naturalism on questions of race, gender, and class, with unforgettable results. Nella Larsen's immensely stylish debut novel follows the tragic arc of a young woman caught between worlds. Sensitive, proud, and beautiful, Helga Crane is the daughter (like Larsen herself) of a black West Indian father and a white Danish mother. She has what some would consider a promising career in the South, teaching at "the finest school for Negroes anywhere in the country," and a respectable fiance. But she refuses to settle for the loveless future she envisions, hemmed in by petty conformities and the realities of southern racism, black as well as white--and so she sets off in search a happier life, a journey recounted with great feeling and psychological precision in Quicksand. In Chicago, white in-laws disown Helga. Other relatives, in Copenhagen, fEte her as a gorgeous exotic, and arrange a relationship with a famous Danish artist, but fail to see her as anything other than a marriageable commodity. Only in cosmopolitan New York, encountering what Larsen describes as "the continuously gorgeous panorama of Harlem," does she begin to sense that she may have found a place where she might belong. But hers is a fate full of ambivalence, in which even the faith and family to which she turns are forms of entrapment
Passing by Pete Maravich( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clare and Irene were two childhood friends. They lost touch when Clare's father died and she moved in with two white aunts. By hiding that Clare was part-black, they allowed her to 'pass' as a white woman and marry a white racist. Irene lives in Harlem, commits herself to racial uplift, and marries a black doctor. The novel centers on the meeting of the two childhood friends later in life, and the unfolding of events as each woman is fascinated and seduced by the other's daring lifestyle
The complete and unabridged fiction of Nella Larsen by Nella Larsen( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nella Larsen was an important writer associated with the Harlem Renaissance. While she was not prolific, her work was powerful and critically acclaimed. Collected here are both of her novels, Passing and Quicksand, as well as all three of her published short stories: "Freedom," "The Wrong Man, "and "Sanctuary." Quicksand was autobiographical in nature and examined a woman's need for sexual fulfillment balanced against respectability and acceptance amid a deeply religious society. The novel is deeply pessimistic and ends as the protagonist is sucked into a life that is at odds with all that she desired. Passing confronts the reality of racial passing. The novel focuses on two childhood friends Clare and Irene, both of whom are light skinned enough to pass as white, who have reconnected with one another after many years apart. Clare has chosen to pass while Irene has embraced her racial heritage and become an important member of her community. The novel examines how people pass on many different levels and in many different ways. Some forms of passing are perfectly acceptable while others can lead to disaster--P. [4] of cover
The Nella Larsen collection by Nella Larsen( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sables mouvants by Nella Larsen( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Passing, Quicksand, and Other Stories by Nella Larsen( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claroscuro by Nella Larsen( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in Spanish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kviksand & Overgang og novellerne : Nella Larsens samlede værker by Nella Larsen( Book )

2 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in Danish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Sleeper wakes : Harlem renaissance stories by women
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Quicksand ; and, PassingThe Sleeper wakes : Harlem renaissance stories by womenQuicksandAn intimation of things distant : the collected fiction of Nella LarsenThe complete fiction of Nella LarsenThe Harlem Renaissance : an anthologyHarlem Renaissance : five novels of the 1920sThe complete and unabridged fiction of Nella Larsen
Alternative Names
Imes, Nella.

Imes, Nella 1891-1964

Larsen Imes, Nella 1891-1964

Larsen, Nella

Larsen, Nellallitea 1891-1964

Larsen, Nellie.

Larsen, Nellie 1891-1964

Larsen, Nellye.

Larsen, Nellye 1891-1964

Nella Larsen afroamerikanische Schriftstellerin, die der literarischen Bewegung der Harlem Renaissance angehörte

Nella Larsen Amerikaans schrijfster

Nella Larsen Nella Larsen

Nella Larsen Novelist, librarian, nurse

Nella Larsen novelista, libreira e enfermeira estadounidense

Nella Larsen scrittrice statunitense

Walker, Nellie.

Walker, Nellie 1891-1964

לרסן, נלה 1891-1964

라슨, 넬라 1891-1964

ラーセン, ネラ

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