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Nella Larsen (1891–1964)

Autor(a) de Passing

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About the Author

Nella Larsen was associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She also worked as a librarian and a nurse in New York City, pursuing nursing after her brief, successful writing career until her death in 1964. Larsen's mother was Danish, and her father was West Indian; she used her experience as the child mostrar mais of middle-class parents in a mixed marriage to create characters in two novels who are stranded, caught between two cultures and unable to feel wholly at home in either. In each of Larsen's novels, the heroine suffers suffocating constrictions of her identity in both African American and white European culture. These crises in both Quicksand (1928) and Passing (1929) are further complicated by the heroine's quest for sexual as well as social identity, and both novels end without hopeful resolution. Both contain autobiographical elements, but Quicksand, the more successful, reproduced in fictional form many of the circumstances of Larsen's own early life. Although her work had been out of print for many years, she has recently been rediscovered. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Associated Works

Great Short Stories by American Women (1996) — Contribuidor — 416 exemplares
The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader (1994) — Contribuidor — 409 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
Harlem Renaissance: Five Novels of the 1920s (2011) — Contribuidor — 110 exemplares
Invented Lives: Narratives of Black Women 1860-1960 (1987) — Contribuidor — 105 exemplares
Calling the Wind: Twentieth Century African-American Short Stories (1992) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1990) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
Harlem Renaissance Novels: The Library of America Collection (2011) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
The Sleeper Wakes: Harlem Renaissance Stories by Women (1993) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Harlem's Glory: Black Women Writing, 1900-1950 (1996) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance (1994) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Escape: Stories of Getting Away (2002) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Women of the Harlem Renaissance (2022) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Passing [2021 film] (2021) — Original book — 7 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Imes, Nella (married)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Local de falecimento
New York, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Chicago, Illinois, USA (birth)
New York, New York, USA (death)
Fisk University
short story writer
Prémios e menções honrosas
Guggenheim Fellowship (1930)

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Nella Larsen was born in Chicago to a black father and a white Danish emigrant mother. Her father died when she was young and her mother remarried and had another daughter. Most of the rest of her early life is unknown. She trained as a nurse and as a librarian, and married Elmer Imes, a physicist then living in New York City. She became a celebrated novelist and writer of the Harlem Renaissance, beginning with her 1928 novel, Quicksand. It was followed by Passing (1929). The couple were members of a circle of professionals, intellectuals, and artists that included Langston Hughes and W.E.B. Du Bois. Nella Larsen won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1930, intending to write more novels, but never did. By 1938, she and her husband were divorced and she was no longer in touch with her friends or her publishers. She took nursing jobs beginning in 1944 and lived a solitary life for the next 20 years until her death.



6. Passing by Nella Larsen em Backlisted Book Club (Março 2022)
Group Read, August 2020: Passing em 1001 Books to read before you die (Agosto 2020)


This is the kind of book that stays with you; the kind where you turn the page and hope for more, even though you know it's done. It's the kind of book where you need to take a minute because it hurts a little. There are no heroes here, just people trying to do what they think is best, with disastrous results.
kcchessor | 103 outras críticas | Jun 4, 2024 |
I read this because it is the first selection in the new Netflix book club. I'm not really sure what to say about it or even how to rate it. It has such a violent, shocking and abrupt ending that I felt shocked and violated. "Wait. What just happened?" I'll have to think on this one for awhile,. The thing is, no matter how long I think on it, I'll never know for sure. That was the author's intention.
Aside from the ending, the rest of the novella was taut, well-crafted prose. This author conveys more in her little 99 page novella than Ken Follet does in his 1,000 page sagas.
The film will be released in the US on Nov. 10th. I just hope they don't ruin the story as is so often the case when adapting a story for the screen.

"Did she just....No, surely not. But what about....?"
… (mais)
milbourt | 103 outras críticas | May 11, 2024 |
Like a lot of modern american the end is the best part!!!! kinda reminiscent of ethan frome
highlandcow | 103 outras críticas | Mar 13, 2024 |
This is a book I will want to reread when I’m not overwhelmed with teaching and my own school. I rushed through it to get done, some of this short classic dragging along. I was mad Clare didn’t stand up for herself against her husband but also couldn’t imagine being in her shoes. I would never want to hide my history even though I’m so called “passing”.
mybookloveobsession | 103 outras críticas | Mar 12, 2024 |



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