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Passing
By Thadious M. Davis (introduced by) and Nella Larsen
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date February 1, 2003
Pages 160
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780142437278
ISBN-10 0142437271
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.25 lbs.
Original list price $13.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Nella Larsen's powerful, thrilling, and tragic tale about the fluidity of racial identity that continues to resonate today. A New York Times Editors’ Choice
 
Clare Kendry is living on the edge. Light-skinned, elegant, and ambitious, she is married to a racist white man unaware of her African American heritage, and has severed all ties to her past after deciding to “pass” as a white woman. Clare’s childhood friend, Irene Redfield, just as light-skinned, has chosen to remain within the African American community, and is simultaneously allured and repelled by Clare’s risky decision to engage in racial masquerade for personal and societal gain. After frequenting African American-centric gatherings together in Harlem, Clare’s interest in Irene turns into a homoerotic longing for Irene’s black identity that she abandoned and can never embrace again, and she is forced to grapple with her decision to pass for white in a way that is both tragic and telling. This edition features a new introduction by Emily Bernard and notes by Thadious M. Davis.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Editions
Hardcover
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from Random House Inc (November 1, 2000)
9780375504464 | details & prices | 182 pages | 4.75 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $18.95
About: Clare Kendry, a beautiful light-skinned African American woman married to a white man who is unaware of her heritage, long ago cut all ties to her past, but a reunion with a childhood friend forces her to confront her lies.
Reprint edition from Praeger Pub Text (November 12, 1969)
9780837115412 | details & prices | 215 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $85.00
About: Nella Larsen's remarkably candid exploration of shifting racial and sexual boundaries Clare Kendry leads a dangerous life.
Paperback
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from Createspace Independent Pub (January 12, 2014)
9781494991111 | details & prices | 94 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $6.99
About: Nellallitea 'Nella' Larsen (first called Nellie Walker) was an American novelist of the Harlem Renaissance who wrote two novels and a few short stories.
from Createspace Independent Pub (October 4, 2011)
9781466399587 | details & prices | 215 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.84 lbs | List price $9.95
About: Generally regarded as Nella Larsen's best work, Passing was first published in 1929 but has received a lot of renewed attention because of its close examination of racial & sexual ambiguities.
With Carla Kaplan | from W W Norton & Co Inc (September 1, 2007)
9780393979169 | details & prices | 400 pages | 5.25 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $21.30
About: Nella Larsen is a central figure in African American, Modernist, and women’s literature.
from Dover Pubns (October 26, 2004)
9780486437132 | details & prices | 94 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.28 lbs | List price $6.95
About: "Absolutely absorbing, fascinating, and indispensable.
The price comparison is for this edition
With Thadious M. Davis (other contributor) | from Penguin Classics (February 1, 2003)
9780142437278 | details & prices | 160 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $13.00
About: Nella Larsen's powerful, thrilling, and tragic tale about the fluidity of racial identity that continues to resonate today.
With Ntozake Shange (other contributor) | from Modern Library (May 1, 2002)
9780375758133 | details & prices | 206 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $13.00
About: Set in the 1920s, this novel portrays the life of an African-American woman who attempts to pass for white.
from Penguin USA (November 1, 1998)
9789990018585 | details & prices | 160 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.28 lbs | List price $0.02
With Thadious M. Davis (other contributor) | from Penguin USA (August 1, 1997)
9780141180250 | details & prices | 122 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $10.00
About: The beautiful, elegant, and ambitious Clare Kendry leads a dangerous life.
Reprint edition from Ayer Co Pub (June 1, 1990)
9780881431193 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $19.95
About: "Absolutely absorbing, fascinating, and indispensable.
from Macmillan Pub Co (April 1, 1971)
9780020526803 | details & prices | List price $1.50
About: Excerpt from PassingThere had been, even in those days, nothing sacrificial in Clare Kendry's idea of life, no allegiance beyond her own immediate desire.
Prebinding
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from Turtleback Books (May 1, 2002)
9780613707527 | details & prices | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.78 lbs | List price $22.05
About: Set in the 1920s, this novel portrays the life of an African-American woman who attempts to pass for white.

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