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Nella Larsen

Nella Larsen was born in Chicago in 1893 to a Danish mother and a West Indian father. She began writing during the Harlem Renaissance, a period during which Black artists, writers, and musicians finally began to attain prominence in the New York artistic scene. The success of her novels Quicksand and Passing made Nella Larsen one of the most feted woman writers of her generation. She died in 1964 in obscurity.