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In Search of Nella Larsen: A Biography of the Color Line
by George Hutchinson
Harvard University Press, 2006
eISBN: 978-0-674-03892-9 | Cloth: 978-0-674-02180-8
Library of Congress Classification PS3523.A7225Z69 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.52

Born to a Danish seamstress and a black West Indian cook, Nella Larsen lived her life in the shadows of America's racial divide. Her writings about that life, briefly celebrated in her time, were lost to later generations--only to be rediscovered and hailed by many. In his search for Nella Larsen, George Hutchinson exposes the truths and half-truths surrounding her, as well as the complex reality they mask and mirror. His book is a cultural biography of the color line as it was lived by one person who truly embodied all of its ambiguities and complexities.
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