Collins Classics - Passing (Collins Classics)

By Nella Larsen

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‘She wished to find out about this hazardous business of “passing,” this breaking away from all that was familiar and friendly to take one’s chance in another environment…’

The elegant Clare Kendry glides through New York’s high-society circles with ease, until the day she is reacquainted with her childhood friend, Irene. Clare chooses to ‘pass’ as white, hiding her African American heritage from her bigoted husband, while Irene leads a life that embraces it. As both women observe the other, a relationship of mutual fascination, obsession and secrets begins, one that will end in devastating circumstances.

Published in 1929, Nella Larsen’s Passing lays bare the complexities of identity, race, class and gender. The novella established Larsen as one of the most important female authors in American literature and is considered a literary masterpiece of the Harlem Renaissance era.

Format: ebook
Release Date: 29 Sep 2022
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-855429-3
Nella Larsen (née Walker) was an American novelist, born April 13, 1891 in Chicago. She gained widespread recognition for her novellas Quicksand (1928) and Passing (1929), and several short stories. In 1930, she disappeared from the literary scene and continued her working life in nursing. She died in 1964 at the age of seventy-three.