Title Quicksand (Norton Critical Edition)
Author Nella Larsen
ISBN 9780393932423
List price USD 15.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 328
Book size 134 x 209 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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Review of the book:

“Noted Harlem Renaissance scholar Carla Kaplan here offers a new edition of Nella Larsen’s Quicksand with an acute introduction comprising both biography and critical survey. With its careful scholarly scaffolding, this superbly useful edition will benefit teacher and student alike.”

—Rafia Zafar, Washington University in Saint Louis


This Norton Critical Edition includes: 

  • Nella Larsen’s stunning 1928 novel, accompanied by Carla Kaplan’s full and far-reaching introduction and explanatory annotations.
  • Twenty-seven carefully chosen reviews of one of the Harlem Renaissance’s most sensational literary debuts as well as contemporary biographical and cultural contexts.
  • Related writings by Nella Larsen repudiating racial stereotypes.
  • Major critical assessments by Laura Doyle, Ann duCille, Lori Harrison-Kahan, Arne Lunde and Anna Westerstahl Stenport, Deborah McDowell, Hanna Musiol, Susan M. Reverby, and Cherene Sherrard-Johnson.
  • A chronology and a selected bibliography.


About the Series
Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.


Introduction: A “Queer Dark Creature’

A Note on the Text


The Text of Quicksand


Backgrounds and Contexts

Contempopary Reviews

Gwendolyn B. Bennett • The Ebony Flute • Anonymous • Bids for Literary Laurels • Anonymous • Book a Week • Roark Bradford • Mixed Blood • W. E. B. Du Bois • Two Novels Arthur • Huff Fauset • Quicksand • Barefield Gordon • The Quest of LifeEugene Gordon • Negro Fictionist’s] in America • G. W. K. • New Novels • Katharine Shepard Hayden • [Review of Quicksand] • H.W.R. • Quicksand: A Story of the Revolt of a Negro School Teacher • Margery Latimer • Nella Larsen’s “Quicksand” • Alain Locke • 1928: A Retrospective Review • T. S. Matthews • What Gods! What Gongs! • Anonymous • Miscegenation? Bah! • Raymond Mortimer • New Novels • Anonymous • [The New Books] • Anonymous • [New Books and Reprints] • Mary White Ovington • Book Chat • Alice Beal Parsons • Three Novels • R. H. A. • [Quicksand, by Nella Larsen] • E. Merrill Root • Ebony Hour-Hand, Pointing to Midnight • Anonymous • Selections from the New Spring Fiction • George S. Schuyler • Views and Reviews • Wallace Thurman • High, Low, Past and Present • Eda Lou Walton • Quicksand, by Nella Larsen • Ruth L. Yates • [Review of Quicksand] •

About Nella Larsen: Contemporary Articles

Nahum Daniel Brascher • Random Thoughts • Anonymous • Honor Author of ‘Quicksand’ at Tea

Nella Larsens Writings

Nella Larsen • [Review of Black Sadie] • Nella Larsen • Sanctuary


Nella Larsen • To Carl Van Vechten, [September 18, 1925] • To Carl Van Vechten, [July I, 1926] • To Carl Van Vechten, [1July] 21,1926] • To
Carl Van Vechten, [1September] 29,[1926] • To Carl Van Vechten, [1November 12, 1926] • To Carl Van Vechten, [June 29, 1927] • To Gertrude Stein, February I, 1928 • To Gertrude Stein, February 26, [1931]

Cultural Contexts

Marita O. Bonner • On Being Young—a Woman—and Colored • Booker T. Washington • The Standard Printed Version of the Atlanta Exposition Address • W. E. B. Du Bois • From Damnation of Women • W. E. B. Du Bois • Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others • W. E. B. Du Bois • Race Pride • Langston Hughes • Cross • Charles S. Johnson • An Opportunity for Negro Writers • James Weldon Johnson • From The Dilemma of the Negro Author • Sheila Kaye Smith • Mrs. Adis • From Negro Womanhood’s Greatest Needs: A Symposium Conducted by the Leading Negro Clubwomen of the United States • Chandler Owen • Black Mammies • Ernestine Rose • From Books and the Color Line • Ernestine Rose • From A Librarian in Harlem • George S. Schuyler • From Instructions for Contributors


Laura Doyle • From Queering Freedom’s Theft in Nella Larsen • Ann duCille • From Blues Notes on Black Sexuality: Sex and the Texts of Jessie Fauset and Nella Larsen • Lori Harrison-Kahan • From “Structure Would Equal Meaning”: Blues and Jazz Aesthetics in the Fiction of Nella Larsen • Arne Lunde and Anna Westerstahl Stenport • From Helga Crane’s Copenhagen: Denmark, Colonialism, and Transnational Identity in Nella Larsen’s QuicksandDeborah E. McDowell • From The “Nameless ... Shameful Impulse”: Sexuality in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand and Passing • Hanna Musiol • From Cosmopolitan Intimacies in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand • Susan M. Reverby • [Hallowed Ground] • Cherene Sherrard-Johnson • From “A Plea for Color”: Nella Larsen’s Iconography of the Mulatta


Selected Bibliography, by Hanna Musiol, with help from Lauren Kuryloski and Sarah Payne

Target Audience:

This book is useful for undergraduate readers and instructors to better understand, analyze, and appreciate literature.


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