Passing by Nella Larsen

Passing is a novel by American author Nella Larsen, first published in 1929. Set primarily in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City in the 1920s, the story centers on the reunion of two childhood friends—Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield—and their increasing fascination with each other's lives. The title refers to the practice of "racial passing", and is a key element of the novel; Clare Kendry's attempt to pass as white for her husband, John (Jack) Bellew, is its most significant depiction in the novel, and a catalyst for the tragic events. Larsen's exploration of race was informed by her own mixed racial heritage and the increasingly common practice of racial passing in the 1920s. Praised upon publication, the novel has since been celebrated in modern scholarship for its complex depiction of race, gender and sexuality, and is the subject of considerable scholarly criticism. As one of only two novels that Larsen wrote, Passing has been significant in placing its author at the forefront of several literary canons.

The 1291st greatest fiction book of all time


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Passing (Norton Critical Editions) Paperback 387164 $18.79 $2.77 2007
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Passing (Movie Tie-In) Paperback 798490 $15.00 2021
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Passing (Penguin Classics) Paperback 7545 $4.50 $2.47 2003
Saunders 2018-2019 Strategies for Test Success: Passing Nursing School and the NCLEX Exam (Saunders Strategies for Success for the Nclex Examination) Paperback 8388 $22.79 $18.99 2017
Head First PMP: A Learner's Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam Paperback 8621 $29.00 $20.00 2018
Everything You Need to Know When I'm Gone - End of Life Planner for Affairs and Last Wishes: A Simple Guide for my Family to Make my Passing Easier Paperback 12563 $10.45 2019
Laughing Your Way to Passing the Pediatric Boards 2019 Paperback 23591 $121.45 2019
PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition - Updated: Rita's Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam Paperback 27058 $198.97 $52.88 2015
PMI-ACP Exam Prep, Updated Second Edition: A Course in a Book for Passing the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Exam Paperback 27197 $65.00 $49.90 2018
CCM Certification Made Easy: Your Guide to Passing the Certified Case Manager Exam Paperback 31519 $52.10 $39.44 2016
Passing Kindle Edition 37742 2013
Passing Paperback 66407 $8.99 $5.00 2017
Passing Hardcover 1037129 $21.50 $11.99 2018
Saunders 2018-2019 Strategies for Test Success - E-Book: Passing Nursing School and the NCLEX Exam (Saunders Strategies for Success for the Nclex Examination) Kindle Edition 625294 2017
Head First PMP: A Learner's Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam Kindle Edition 265933 2018
Laughing Your Way to Passing the Pediatric Boards 2019: The Seriously Funny Pediatric Board Review Book Kindle Edition 114734 2019
CCM Certification Made Easy: Your Guide to Passing the Certified Case Manager Exam Revised 2nd Edition Paperback 80295 $69.97 $113.15 2019
Passing Paperback 135676 $45.96 $0.25 1997
Saunders 2020-2021 Strategies for Test Success: Passing Nursing School and the NCLEX Exam Paperback 19538 $31.39 $29.69 2019
Passing: a novel Paperback 650480 $6.00 $1.71 2013
By Nella Larsen - Passing (Norton Critical Edition): 1st (first) Edition Paperback 1188724 $15.38 $6.37 2007
By Nella Larsen - Passing (Norton Critical Editions) (8.5.2007) Paperback 1404756 $18.94 $6.37 2007
Passing Paperback 176980 $3.55 $4.21 2016
Passing (Oshun Publishing African-American History Series Book 5) Kindle Edition 204081 2013
Passing by Nella Larsen (2016-02-05) Paperback 6479941 $5.12 $5.44
Passing (Darkinboddy Editions Book 2) Kindle Edition 2771594 2013
Passing Hardcover 1432697 $8.84 $12.27 2020
Passing (Darkinboddy Editions) Paperback 4368439 $6.95 2013