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Nella Larsen

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Nella Larsen wrote two of the most famous novels to come out of the Harlem Renaissance—Quicksand and Passing. Both novels explore the psychological aspects of being biracial in the early part of the twentieth century and they are based, in part, on Larsen's experience as the child of a Danish mother and a "colored" father. Passing is set in the world of the upper class in 1920s Harlem.

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