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Advertisement for Passing by Nella Larsen
New York Herald Tribune
5 May 1929
James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection

She claimed that she would never pass for white, but Nella Larsen’s intense interest in the subject is evident in her novels, which investigate the lives of mixed-race women struggling with what Larsen’s publisher called the “sensational question” of passing; “there are thousands of Clare Kendrys,” the ad claims, referring to the main character of Passing, “and every woman who passes is a possible storm center.”

 

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