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Nella Larsen

Nella Larsen receiving the William E. Harmon Foundation Award for Distinguished Achievement at the Zion Church in Harlem, New York, in 1928. (UPI/Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

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“Discovering 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

“In Larsen’s novels, there are no wasted words. Her writing is fine and concise, capturing and rendering quickly and then moving on. . . . Another writer would have needed a few hundred extra pages just to begin to scratch at the surface of the disparate themes of sexual repression, racial self-hatred, colorism, classism, miscegenation, cosmopolitanism and intra-racial prejudice that Larsen tackles.”
—Amina Gautier

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