Reader's Notes - Passing Strange

Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color LineI've heard Martha Sandweiss, the author of Passing Strange, explain the outline of the story of Clarence King's double life -- that is, King was a well-known white citizen of Gilded Age America who, for the sake of love (and other thrills) led a double life as a Pullman Porter.  For those of us interested in the cultural construction of race, this is a fascinating read -- and the feature of a recent author interview on NPR.

If the theme of negotiating the color line is interesting, a reader might check out Nella Larsen's Passing or even Mark Twain's The Tragedy of Puddin'head Wilson.

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