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In search of Nella Larsen : a biography of the color line

Author: George Hutchinson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Born to a Danish seamstress and a black West Indian cook in one of the Western Hemisphereʼs most infamous vice districts, Nella Larsen (1891-1964) lived her life in the shadows of Americaʼs racial divide. She wrote about that life, was briefly celebrated in her time, then was lost to later generations-only to be rediscovered and hailed by many as the best black novelist of her generation. In his search for Nell
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Nella Larsen; Nella Larsen; Nella Larsen; Nella Larsen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Hutchinson
ISBN: 0674021800 9780674021808
OCLC Number: 62533998
Description: x, 611 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Nellie Walker --
Inheriting the color line, 1892-1898 --
State Street years, 1899-1907 --
Turning south: Nashville and Fisk, 1907-1908 --
Coming of age in Copenhagen, 1908-1912 --
A Black woman in white: New York, 1912-1915 --
Rebel with a cause: Tuskegee, 1915-1916 --
A nurse in the Bronx, 1916-1919 --
Sojourner in Harlem: the dawn of the "Renaissance," 1919-1923 --
Rooms full of children: Seward Park and Harlem, 1923-1924 --
High Bohemia, 1925 --
The new Negro, model 1926 --
Quicksand --
In the Mecca, 1927 --
Year of arrival, 1928 --
Passing --
A star in Harlem, 1929 --
Trouble in mind, 1930 --
A novelist on her own, 1930-1932 --
The crack-up, 1932-1933 --
Letting go, 1933-1937 --
The recluse on Second Avenue, 1938-1944 --
Nella Larsen Imes, R.N.
Responsibility: George Hutchinson.

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