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An Intimation Of Things Distant: The Collected Fiction Of Nella Larsen by Nella Larsen. New York. 1992. Anchor/Doubleday. 279 pages. February 1992. paperback. 0385421494. Cover photograph from the Estate of Carl Van Vechten. Cover design by Gloria Adelson.

 

0385421494FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   ‘Discovering AN INTIMATION OF THINGS DISTANT is like finding lost money with no name on it. One can enjoy it with delight, and share it without guilt.’ - Maya Angelou. ‘To discover new fiction by Nella Larsen is to discover a gem, finely wrought.’ - Paula Giddings. ‘The excavation of Nella Larsen’s collected fiction is evidence that the terrain of African-American women writers, the archaeology of our existence and survival, is intersected by a cartography as poignant as Larsen’s pen. No longer shall we relegate her creativity to an uncharted region, unexplored and ignored.’ - Alexis de Veaux. Between 1926 and 1930 - during the golden era of the Harlem Renaissance - Nella Larsen published two novels and three short stories (two were pseudonymous) and enjoyed a brief period of fame and popularity equal to that of any of the literary stars of that period. In 1930, she became the first black woman to be awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. By 1933, she had disappeared from the literary scene, never to publish again. In AN INTIMATION OF THINGS DISTANT, Charles R. Larson, a leading authority on Third World literature, has compiled a unique representation of Larsen’s work. The stories have been unavailable for years, and their inclusion in this anthology makes this a definitive collection. Marita Golden’s foreword was written specifically for this book. Fifty years later, Nella Larsen’s fiction still speaks to the black female experience. As Golden says in her foreword: ‘The angst, the tension that rivets the lives of Larsen’s heroines makes their dilemmas completely contemporary and timeless. Inevitably, any writer whose female protagonists resist the expected, the traditional, the ‘correct: is dialoguing with the literary legacy of Nella Larsen.’

CHARLES R. LARSON is a Professor of Literature at American University in Washington, D.C He is the author of three critical works on Third World literature: THE EMERGENCE OF AFRICAN FICTION (1972), THE NOVEL IN THE THIRD WORLD (1976), and AMERICAN INDIAN FICTION (1978). He has also published three novels. Previously, he was general editor of Collier Books’ African/American Library.

MARITA GOLDEN IS the author of MIGRATIONS OF THE HEART, A WOMAN’S PLACE, and LONG DISTANCE LIFE. Her writing has appeared in Ms., Essence, the New York Times, and the Washington Post among other publications. She is a founding member of the African-American Writers’ Guild. Ms. Golden teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at George Mason University.

 

 


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