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Passing
by Nella Larsen




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Absolutely absorbing, fascinating, and indispensable. -- Alice Walker
A work so fine, sensitive, and distinguished that it rises above race categories and becomes that rare object, a good novel. -- The Saturday Review of Literature
Married to a successful physician and prominently ensconced in Harlem's vibrant society of the 1920s, Irene Redfield leads a charmed existence-until she is shaken out of it by a chance encounter with a childhood friend who has been passing for white. An important figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Nella Larsen was the first African-American woman to be awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. Her fictional portraits of women seeking their identities through a fog of racial confusion were informed by her own Danish-West Indian parentage, and Passing offers fascinating psychological insights into issues of race and gender.

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Overview

Absolutely absorbing, fascinating, and indispensable. -- Alice Walker
A work so fine, sensitive, and distinguished that it rises above race categories and becomes that rare object, a good novel. -- The Saturday Review of Literature
Married to a successful physician and prominently ensconced in Harlem's vibrant society of the 1920s, Irene Redfield leads a charmed existence-until she is shaken out of it by a chance encounter with a childhood friend who has been passing for white. An important figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Nella Larsen was the first African-American woman to be awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. Her fictional portraits of women seeking their identities through a fog of racial confusion were informed by her own Danish-West Indian parentage, and Passing offers fascinating psychological insights into issues of race and gender.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780486437132
  • ISBN-10: 0486437132
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publish Date: October 2004
  • Page Count: 94
  • Dimensions: 8.64 x 5.52 x 0.22 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.27 pounds

Series: Dover Books on Literature & Drama

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