Nella Larsen (1891-1964) was the author of two novels, Quicksand and Passing, and several short stories. She received a Guggenheim fellowship to write a third novel in 1930 but, unable to find a publisher for it, she disappeared from the literary scene and worked as a nurse. Larsen died in New York City in 1964.
"Highly charged interior dramas of the black middle class in Harlem [by] an original and hugely insightful writer." --The New York Times
"Discovering The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen is like finding lost money with no name on it. One can enjoy it with delight and share it without guilt." --Maya Angelou "[Nella Larsen's novels] open up a whole world of experience that seemed to me, when I first read them years ago, absolutely absorbing, fascinating, and indispensable. They do that still." --Alice Walker