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Larsen, Nella

Works: 216 works in 487 publications in 6 languages and 25,765 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories, American  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Bildungsromans  Live sound recordings  Short films  Drama 
Roles: Author, Performer, Singer, Honoree
Classifications: PS3523.A7225, 813.52
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Most widely held works about Nella Larsen
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Most widely held works by Nella Larsen
Passing : authoritative text, backgrounds and contexts, criticism by Nella Larsen( Book )

78 editions published between 1929 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The beautiful, elegant, and ambitious Clare Kendry leads a dangerous life. A light-skinned African American married to a white man unaware of her racial heritage, Clare has severed all ties to her past to become part of white, middle-class society. Clare's childhood friend, Irene Redfield, as light-skinned as Clare, has chosen to remain within the African American community. Married to a successful doctor and the mother of two boys, Irene refuses to acknowledge the racism she grew up with and that continues to set limits on her family's happiness. A chance encounter forces both women to confront the lies they have told others and the secret fears they have buried within themselves. From the bookjacket
Quicksand ; and, Passing by Nella Larsen( Book )

41 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,088 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
Quicksand by Nella Larsen( Book )

54 editions published between 1928 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 931 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 )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 841 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 )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 453 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. Race and marriage offer few securities here or in the other stories in a collection that is compellingly readable, rich in psychological complexity, and imbued with a sense of place that brings Harlem vibrantly to life."--Jacket
Passing by Nella Larsen( Recording )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 88 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
Ketelbey In a Persian Market( Recording )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Harlem Renaissance : an anthology by Cary D Wintz( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 59 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
Harlem Renaissance : five novels of the 1920s( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 19 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
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
Madam Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

2 editions published between 1924 and 1995 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

HMS Pinafore & the pirates of Penzance by Arthur Sullivan( Recording )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an introduction to the lives of Gilbert and Sullivan and their work together. Digests of two of their better known plays follow
Albert Coates conducts excerpts from Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Parsifal by Richard Wagner( Recording )

1 edition published in 1997 in German and held by 8 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

The Nella Larsen collection by Nella Larsen( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete and unabridged fiction of Nella Larsen by Nella Larsen( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 5 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
Claroscuro by Nella Larsen( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in Spanish and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dame Isobel Baillie by Isobel Baillie( Recording )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iolanthe or, The peer and the peri : abridged by Arthur Sullivan( Recording )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Madama Butterfly: Tragedia giapponese in due atti. Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa e Luigi Illica
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Quicksand ; and, Passing
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 scrittrice statunitense

Walker, Nellie.

Walker, Nellie 1891-1964

라슨, 넬라 1891-1964

ラーセン, ネラ

English (254)

French (5)

Italian (4)

German (3)

Spanish (2)

Danish (1)

Quicksand ; and, PassingQuicksandAn 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