Nella Larsen (1891 – 1964)
One of the great novelists of the Harlem Renaissance, Larsen’s life is mysterious. We do know that she was born in Chicago, and that she later moved to Denmark, where she excelled in school. She later became a nurse, and, eventually, a member of the interracial intellectual scene in New York. The author of indispensable novels like Passing and Quicksand, Larsen was later a Guggenheim recipient.