This joint edition of "Quicksand" and "Passing" was edited by Deborah McDowell and published by Rutgers University Press in 1986 both in cloth and paperback. McDowell’s edition is significant because it helped bring Nella Larsen’s two major works back into the public eye and prompted a renewed interest in Larsen’s fiction among educators. This edition also acknowledges an underlying theme of lesbian attraction that pervades throughout the novel, which McDowell discusses in the introduction.
The excerpt includes the front and back covers, half-title page, information on the “American Women Writers Series,” title page, copyright page, novel contents, acknowledgements, the first page of the introduction, the first two pages of notes to the introduction, selected bibliography for the introduction, a note on the text, individual title pages for "Quicksand" and "Passing," dedication for "Passing," epigraph for "Passing," final page of "Passing," and explanatory notes for both "Quicksand" and "Passing."
Larsen, Nella. Edited and with an introduction by Deborah E. McDowell "Quicksand and Passing." New Brunswick, NJ and London: Rutgers University Press, 1986. First published 1929 by Alfred A. Knopf, 1929 (New York).