Bontemps, Arna, ed. The Harlem Renaissance Remembered. New York: Dodd Mead, 1984. Provides a contextual understanding of Larsen’s writing.
Christian, Barbara. Black Women Novelists: The Development of a Tradition. Reprint. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1985. Provides a contextual understanding of Larsen’s writing.
Davis, Thadious M. Nella Larsen, Novelist of the Harlem Renaissance: A Woman’s Life Unveiled. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1994. A meticulous biography.
Huggins, Nathan. Harlem Renaissance. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971. Provides a contextual understanding of Larsen’s writing.
Larson, Charles R. Invisible Darkness: Jean Toomer and Nella Larsen. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1993. Emphasizes the “African”-ness of these two mixed-race writers.
McDowell, Deborah E. Introduction to “Quicksand” and “Passing,” by Nella Larsen. Reprint. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1986. An excellent introduction to this reprint of the original 1928 and 1929 editions of Larsen’s novels.
McLendon, Jacquelyn Y. The Politics of Color in the Fiction of Jessie Fauset and Nella Larsen. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1995. A study of the theme of the “tragic mulatto” in the novels of these two writers.
Miller, Erika M. The Other Reconstruction. New York: Garland, 2000. A study of themes of racism, lynching, and other forms of violence in the works of Larsen, Angelina Grimké, and Ida Wells-Barnett.
Shockley, Ann Allen. “Nella Larsen.” In Afro-American Women Writers, 1746-1933. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1988. A short biography and critical assessment.
Singh, Amritjit. The Novels of the Harlem Renaissance: Twelve Black Writers, 1923-1933. State College: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1976. Provides a contextual understanding of Larsen’s writing.
Wall, Cheryl A. Women of the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 1995. Studies Larsen along with Jessie Fauset and Zora Neale Hurston.
Washington, Mary Helen. “The Mulatta Trap: Nella Larsen’s Women of the 1920’s.” In her anthology Invented Lives: Narratives of Black Women, 1860-1960. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press, 1987. Biographical information about Larsen.