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Quicksand, 1st Edition

  • Nella Larsen
  • ISBN-10: 0393932427
  • ISBN-13: 9780393932423
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

“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

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.


  • 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.