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Mod Lib Passing : Modern Library Classics - Nella Larsen

Mod Lib Passing

Modern Library Classics

Paperback Published: 1st December 2001
ISBN: 9780375758133
Number Of Pages: 304

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First published to critical acclaim in 1929, Passing firmly established Nella Larsen's prominence among women writers of the Harlem Renaissance. The Modern Library is proud to present Passing--an electrifying story of two women who cross the color line in 1920s New York--together with a new Introduction by the Obie Award- winning playwright and novelist Ntozake Shange.
Irene Redfield, the novel's protagonist, is a woman with an enviable life. She and her husband, Brian, a prominent physician, share a comfortable Harlem town house with their sons. Her work arranging charity balls that gather Harlem's elite creates a sense of purpose and respectability for Irene. But her hold on this world begins to slip the day she encounters Clare Kendry, a childhood friend with whom she had lost touch. Clare--light-skinned, beautiful, and charming--tells Irene how, after her father's death, she left behind the black neighborhood of her adolescence and began passing for white, hiding her true identity from everyone, including her racist husband. As Clare begins inserting herself into Irene's life, Irene is thrown into a panic, terrified of the consequences of Clare's dangerous behavior. And when Clare witnesses the vibrancy and energy of the community she left behind, her burning desire to come back threatens to shatter her careful deception.
Brilliantly plotted and elegantly written, Passing offers a gripping psychological portrait of emotional extremity. The New York Times Book Review called Larsen "adroit at tracing the involved processes of a mind divided against itself, that fights between the dictates of reason and desire." The Saturday Review of Literature said, " Larsen] has produced a work so fine, sensitive, and distinguished that it rises above race categories and becomes that rare object, a good novel."

"[Nella Larsen's novels] open up a whole world of experience and struggle that seemed to me, when I first read them years ago, absolutely absorbing, fascinating, and indispensable." --Alice Walker "[Nella Larsen] offers characters so honest and desperate to be whole that we cannot help but champion their humanity." --From Ntozake Shange's Introduction

Introduction: Nella Larsen's Erotics of Racep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxix
A Note on the Textp. xxxi
The Text of Passingp. 1
Backgrounds and Contextsp. 83
Reviewsp. 85
"Passing" Is a Novel of Longings (April 27, 1929)p. 85
Beyond the Color Line (April 28, 1929)p. 85
The Color Line (April 28, 1929)p. 87
The Dilemma of Mixed Race: Another Study of the Color-line in New York (May 1, 1929)p. 88
As in a Looking Glass (May 3, 1929)p. 90
Touch of the Tar-brush (May 18, 1929)p. 91
Passing (June 1929)p. 93
The Cat Came Back (June 5, 1929)p. 94
Novel of Race Consciousness (June 23, 1929)p. 96
Passing (July 1929)p. 97
Passing (July 1929)p. 99
Passing (Aug. 1929)p. 99
Do They Always Return? (Sept. 28, 1929)p. 101
Passing (Dec. 1929)p. 102
Passing (Dec. 12, 1929)p. 102
Contemporary Coverage of Passing and Racep. 105
When Is a Caucasian Not a Caucasian? (March 2, 1911)p. 105
Writer Says Brazil Has No Color Line (Oct. 1925)p. 107
Does It Pay to "Pass?" (Aug. 20, 1927)p. 107
From White Negroes (May-June 1928)p. 109
3,000 Negroes Cross the Line Each Year (July 12, 1928)p. 111
From Negro to Caucasion, Or How the Ethiopian Is Changing His Skin (1929)p. 112
Crossing the Color Line (July 28, 1929)p. 117
From Crossing the Color Line (Aug. 26, 1931)p. 121
75,000 Pass in Philadelphia Every Day (Dec. 19, 1931)p. 123
Careful Lyncher! He May Be Your Brother (Jan. 21, 1932)p. 124
Blonde Girl Was 'Passing' (Jan. 23, 1932)p. 125
Virginia Is Still Hounding 'White' Negroes Who 'Pass'p. 126
The Rhinelander/Jones Casep. 129
Society Youth Weds Cabman's Daughter (Nov. 14, 1924)p. 129
Poor Girl to Fight Hubby's Parents (Dec. 26, 1924)p. 130
From Calls Rhinelander Dupe of Girl He Wed (Nov. 10, 1925)p. 133
From Loved Rhinelander, Wife's Letters Say (Nov. 13, 1925)p. 134
From Rhinelander Bares Love Secrets (Nov. 21, 1925)p. 137
From Kip's "Soul Message" Notes Read (Nov. 28. 1925)p. 138
From Rhinelander Jury Reaches a Decision after Twelve Hours (Dec. 5, 1925)p. 145
[Rhinelander Editorial], The Crisis (Jan. 1926)p. 147
Rhinelander Gets a Fair Deal (Jan. 26, 1926)p. 147
Mrs. Rhinelander to Sail (July 16, 1926)p. 148
About Nella Larsenp. 149
New Author Unearthed Right Here in Harlem (May 23, 1928)p. 149
Behind the Backs of Books and Authors (April 13, 1929)p. 150
Jean Blackwell Hutson to Louise Fox (Aug. 1, 1969)p. 151
Author's Statementsp. 152
[Nella Larsen Imes, Guggenheim Application]p. 152
[In Defense of Sanctuary]p. 156
Lettersp. 158
To Carl Van Vechten [1925]p. 158
To Charles S. Johnson [Aug. 1926]p. 158
To Eddie Wasserman [April 3, 1928]p. 161
To Eddie Wasserman [April 5, 1928]p. 161
To Dorothy Peterson [n.d.]p. 162
To Dorothy Peterson [July 19, 1927]p. 163
To Dorothy Peterson [July 21, 1927]p. 164
To Dorothy Peterson [Aug. 2, 1927]p. 166
To Langston Hughes [n.d.]p. 167
To Langston Hughes [1930]p. 168
To Carl Van Vechten [April 15, 1929]p. 168
To Gertrude Stein (Jan. 26, 1931)p. 169
To Carl Van Vechten [May 14, 1932]p. 170
The Tragic Mulatto (A)p. 171
The Quadroonsp. 171
From The Garies and Their Friendsp. 180
From Clotelp. 192
From Iola Leroyp. 200
From An Imperative Dutyp. 207
The Father of Desiree's Babyp. 213
From Pudd'nhead Wilsonp. 218
From The House Behind the Cedarsp. 220
The Octoroonp. 227
Near Whitep. 227
Mulattop. 227
From Imitation of Lifep. 229
Selections from Stories and Novels of Passing: "The Moment of Regret"p. 243
From Iola Leroyp. 243
From The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Manp. 248
From Flightp. 257
From Plum Bunp. 262
From Black No Morep. 270
Passingp. 281
Selected Writings from the Harlem Renaissancep. 285
The Mulatto to His Criticsp. 285
The Sleeper Wakesp. 285
Heritagep. 308
Two Who Crossed a Linep. 311
Criteria of Negro Artp. 312
Freedomp. 320
From The Negro-Art Hokump. 324
From Nigger Heavenp. 326
Passing for White, Passing for Colored, Passing for Negroes Plusp. 332
Criticismp. 335
Nella Larsen's Passing: A Study in Ironyp. 337
Nella Larsen's Passing: A Problem of Interpretationp. 342
Nella Larsen: Mystery Woman of the Harlem Renaissancep. 350
From Passing for What? Aspects of Identity in Nella Larsen's Novelsp. 356
[From Black Female Sexuality in Passing]p. 363
Nella Larsen's Harlem Aestheticp. 379
From Miscegenation and "The Dicta of Race and Class": The Rhinelander Case and Nella Larsen's Passingp. 387
Clare Kendry's "True" Colors: Race and Class Conflict in Nella Larsen's Passingp. 393
From Sororophobiap. 409
Passing, Queering: Nella Larsen's Psychoanalytic Challengep. 417
From Passing Fanciesp. 435
Nella Larsen and the Veil of Racep. 444
From The Recurring Conditions of Nella Larsen's Passingp. 463
Passing and Domestic Tragedyp. 486
Passing: Race, Identification, and Desirep. 489
Racial Etiquette: Nella Larsen's Passing and the Rhinelander Casep. 507
A Chronologyp. 533
Selected Bibliographyp. 539
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ISBN: 9780375758133
ISBN-10: 0375758135
Series: Modern Library Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st December 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.4  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition

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