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This edition was published in by Penguin Books in New York.

Written in English

122 pages

First published to critical acclaim in 1929, Passing firmly established Nella Larsen's prominence among women writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

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.

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2020, Pan Macmillan
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2020, Penguin Books, Limited
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2020, Penguin Books, Limited
in English
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Passing
Sep 01, 2020, Macmillan Collector's Library
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Apr 03, 2018, Wilder Publications
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Oct 16, 2018, Restless Books
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Passing
Feb 05, 2016, Martino Publishing, Brand: Martino Fine Books
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Passing: a novel
Oct 05, 2013, Oshun Publishing Company Incorporated
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Passing
Aug 01, 2012, Recorded Books
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Passing: By the Author of Quicksand
Aug 20, 2010, WLC, Wildside Press
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Passing: authoritative text, backgrounds and contexts, criticism
2007, W.W. Norton & Co.
in English
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Passing (Norton Critical Edition)
September 19, 2007, W. W. Norton
in English
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Passing (Norton Critical Edition)
September 19, 2007, W. W. Norton
in English
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Passing
2004, Dover Pubs.
in English
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Passing
2004, Dover Publications
in English
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January 2003, Recorded Books
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Passing (Penguin Classics)
February 4, 2003, Penguin Classics
in English
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Passing
2003, Penguin Books
in English
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Passing
May 2002, Turtleback Books Distributed by Demco Media
Unknown Binding in English
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Passing
May 2002, Tandem Library
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2002, Modern Library
in English - 2002 Modern Library pbk. ed.
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Passing
2000, Modern Library
in English - 2000 Modern Library ed.
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1997, Penguin Books
in English
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Passing
1991, Ayer Co.
in English
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June 1990, Beaufort Books
Paperback in English
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Passing
1971, Collier Books, Collier-Macmillan
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1971, Collier Books
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April 1970, Beaufort Books
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1969, Negro Universities Press
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1969, Arno Press
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1929, A. A. Knopf
Hardcover in English

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Passing

First published in 1929



Work Description

First published to critical acclaim in 1929, Passing firmly established Nella Larsen's prominence among women writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

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.

Excerpts

It was the last letter in Irene Redfield's little pile of morning mail.
added anonymously.

Passing

This edition was published in by Penguin Books in New York.


Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Series
Penguin twentieth-century classics
Genre
Fiction.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.52
Library of Congress
PS3523.A7225 P37 1997

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL663937M
Internet Archive
passing00lars_0
ISBN 10
0141180250
LC Control Number
97009482
Library Thing
36031
Goodreads
500515

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