Nella Larsen

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Quicksand. New York: Knopf, 1928.

Passing. New York: Knopf, 1929.

Publications in Magazines and Journals:

"Playtime: Three Scandinavian Games," The Brownies' Book. 1 (June 1920): 191-192.

"Playtime: Danish Fun," The Brownies' Book. 1 (July 1920): 219.

"Correspondence," Opportunity. 4 (September 1926): 295.

"Review of Black Spade," Opportunity, 7 (January 1929): 24.

"Sanctuary," Forum, 83 (January 1930): 15-18.

"The Author's Explanation," Forum, Supplement 4, 83 (April 1930): 41-42.


Bone, Robert. The Negro Novel in America. revised edition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965.

Clark, William Bedford. "The Letters of Nella Larsen to Carl Van Vechten: A Survey," Resources for American Literary Study, 8 (Fall 1978): 193-199.

Davis, Arthur P. From the Dark Tower: Afro-American Writers, 1900-1960. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1974.

Davis, Thadious M. Nella Larsen, Novelist of the Harlem Renaissance: A Woman's Life Unveiled. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996.

Davis, Thadious M. Dictionary of Literary Biography: Afro-American Writers from the Harlem Renaissance to 1940. vol. 51. edited by Trudier Harris. Detroit, Mi.: Gale Research Co., 1987, 182-190.

Doyle, Mary Ellen. "The Heroines of Black Novels," in Perspectives on Afro-American Women, edited by Willa Johnson and Thomas Green. Washington, D.C.: ECCA Publishers, 1975, 112-125.

Fuller, Hoyt. Introduction to Passing,, by Larsen. New York: Collier, 1971, 10-24.

Hill, Adelaide C. Introduction to Quicksand, by Larsen. New York: Collier, 1971, 9-17.

Huggins, Nathan. Harlem Renaissance. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971.

Larson, Charles R.Invisible Darkness: Jean Toomer and Nella Larsen. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1993.

Lay, Mary M. "Parallels: Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady and Nella Larsen's Quicksand," CLA Journal, 20 (June 1977): 475-486.

Lewis, David Levering. When Harlem was in Vogue. New York: Knopf, 1981.

McLendon, Jacquelyn Y.The Politics of Color in the Fiction of Jessie Fauset and Nella Larsen. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995.

Perry, Margaret. Silence to the Drums: A Survey of the Literature of the Harlem Renaissance. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1976.

Roses, Lorraine Elena and Ruth Elizabeth Randolph. Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Literary Biographies of 100 Black Women Writers 1900-1945. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall & Co, 1990, 213-220.

Sato, Hiroko. "Under the Harlem Shadow: A Study of Jessie Fauset and Nella Larsen," in Harlem Renaissance Remembered, edited by Arna Bontemps. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1972.

Singh, Amritjit. The Novels of the Harlem Renaissance: Twelve Black Writers, 1923-1933. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1976.

Tate, Claudia. "Nella Larsen's Passing: A Problem of Interpretation," Black American Literature Forum. 14 (Winter 1980): 142-146.

Thornton, Hortense. "Sexism as Quagmire: Nella Larsen's Quicksand," CLA Journal, 16 (March 1973): 285-301.

Wall, Cheryl. "Nella Larsen," in American Women Writers, volume 2, edited by Lina Mainiero. New York: Ungar, 1980, 505-509.

Washington, Mary Helen. "Nella Larsen: Mystery Woman of the Harlem Renaissance," Ms., 9 (December 1980): 44-50.

Youman, Mary Mabel. "Nella Larsen's Passing: A Study in Irony," CLA Journal18 (December 1974): 235-241.

Selected Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance: A Resource Guide
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