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Nella Larsen, novelist of the Harlem Renaissance : a woman's life unveiled

Author: Thadious M Davis
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nella Larsen (1891-1964) is recognized as one of the most influential, and certainly one of the most enigmatic, writers of the Harlem Renaissance. With the instant success of her two novels, Quicksand (1928) and Passing (1929), she became a bright light in New Yorkʼs literary firmament. But her meteoric rise was followed by a surprising fall: In 1930 she was accused of plagiarizing a short story, and soon thereafter
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Nella Larsen; Nella Larsen; Nella Larsen; Nella Larsen; Nella Larsen; Nella Larsen; Nella Larsen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thadious M Davis
ISBN: 0807118664 9780807118665
OCLC Number: 28709584
Description: xxiii, 492 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. A woman's life and place, 1891-1919 --
1. Beginning in Chicago, 1891-1907 --
2. Going forth into unknown regions, 1907-1912 --
3. Training in New York, 1912-1915 --
4. Sojourning in the South, 1915-1916 --
5. Finding a home, 1916-1919. pt. 2. A new Negro's apprenticeship, 1920-1927 --
6. Working for an education, 1920-1923 --
7. Becoming a writer, 1923-1926 --
8. Moving to the renaissance, 1926-1927. pt. 3. A novelist's achievement, 1927-1930 --
9. Arriving with "Quicksand", 1927-1928 --
10. Succeeding with "Passing", 1928-1929 --
11. Catching a "Flying glimpse of the panorama", 1929-1930. pt. 4. A woman's harvest, 1930-1964 --
12. Struggling against drought, 1930-1932 --
13. Sowing dreams, 1933-1941 --
14. Resting on headlands, 1941-1964. Conclusion: The meaning of Nella Larsen --
Appendix A. Book reviews of "Quicksand" --
Appendix B. Book reviews of "Passing" --
Appendix C. Chronological listing of works by Nella Larsen (Imes).
Responsibility: Thadious M. Davis.

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Nella Larsen (1891-1964) is recognized as one of the most influential, and certainly one of the most enigmatic, writers of the Harlem Renaissance. With the instant success of her two novels, Quicksand (1928) and Passing (1929), she became a bright light in New Yorkʼs literary firmament. But her meteoric rise was followed by a surprising fall: In 1930 she was accused of plagiarizing a short story, and soon thereafter she disappeared from both the literary and African American worlds of New York. She lived the rest of her life - more than three decades - out of the public eye, working primarily as a nurse. In a remarkable achievement, Thadious Davis has penetrated the fog of mystery that has surrounded Larsen to present a detailed and fascinating account of the life and work of this gifted, determined, yet vulnerable artist. In addition to unraveling the details of Larseʼs personal life, Davis deftly situates the writer within the broader politics and aesthetics of the Harlem Renaissance and analyzes her life and work in terms of the current literature on race and gender.

Also includes information on middle class African Americans, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Gwendolyn Bennett, Arna Bontemps, Chicago, Crisis, Countee Cullen, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jesse Redmon Fauset, Rudolph Fisher, Fisk University, Ethel Bedient Gilbert, Harlem, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Elmer Samuel Imes, Harold Jackman, Charles S. Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Lincoln Hospital and Home Training School for Nurses, Alain Locke, Claude McKay, New Negro Renaissance, New York Public Library, Nursing, Opportunity, Dorothy R. Peterson, Wallace Thurman, Jean Toomer, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Carl Van Vechten, Eric Walrond, Walter White, etc.

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