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Nella Larsen
(1891-1964) born on
US novelist. Her novels portray female characters of great psychological complexity; first African American woman to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship.
"Why couldn't she have two lives, or why couldn't she be satisfied in one place?"

"Lies, injustice, and hypocrisy are a part of every ordinary community. Most people achieve a sort of protective immunity, a kind of callousness, toward them. If they didn't, they couldn't endure."
"She wished to find out about this hazardous business of "passing," this breaking away from all that was familiar and friendly to take one's chances in another environment, not entirely strange, perhaps, but certainly not entirely friendly."
"It was . . . enough to suffer as a woman, an individual, on one's own account, without having to suffer for the race as well. It was brutality, and undeserved."
"If a man calls me a nigger it's his fault the first time, but mine if he has the opportunity to do it again."
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Quicksand," 1928.
R: "Quicksand," 1928.
A: "Passing," 1929.
N: "Passing," 1929.
K: "Passing," 1929.

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