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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."

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [lxxxii]-lxxxv).

Synopsis:

"Passing," first published to critical acclaim in 1929, is the electrifying story of two women who dare to cross the color line in New York in the 1920s. This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition is published with an Introduction by Ntozake Shange and new explanatory notes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375758133
Foreword:
Henderson, Mae
Introduction:
Shange, Ntozake
Introduction by:
Shange, Ntozake
Introduction:
Shange, Ntozake
Foreword by:
Henderson, Mae
Foreword:
Henderson, Mae
Author:
Larsen, Nella
Author:
Shange, Ntozake
Author:
Henderson, Mae
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Identity (psychology)
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Passing
Subject:
African-American women
Subject:
Racially mixed people
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;race;harlem renaissance;african american;novel;american;20th century;racism;literature;women;passing;1920s;classics;new york;american literature;harlem;new york city;african americans;us;friendship;classic;college;usa;chicago;race relations
Subject:
fiction;race;harlem renaissance;african american;novel;american;20th century;racism;literature;women;passing;1920s;classics;new york;american literature;harlem;new york city;african americans;us;friendship;classic;college;usa;chicago;race relations
Subject:
fiction;race;harlem renaissance;african american;novel;american;20th century;racism;literature;women;passing;1920s;classics;new york;american literature;harlem;new york city;african americans;us;friendship;classic;college;usa;chicago;race relations
Edition Number:
2001
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.18 x 0.69 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 304 pages Modern Library - English 9780375758133 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [lxxxii]-lxxxv).
"Synopsis" by , "Passing," first published to critical acclaim in 1929, is the electrifying story of two women who dare to cross the color line in New York in the 1920s. This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition is published with an Introduction by Ntozake Shange and new explanatory notes.
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