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As much a historical document as it is a novel, this 1946 winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of a young black woman's struggle to live and raise her son by herself amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s.
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Ann Petry (1908-1997), a black novelist, short story writer, and writer of books for young people, is one of America's most distinguished authors. Ann began by studying pharmacology, and in 1934, received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut College of Pharmacy. She worked as a registered pharmacist in Old Saybrook and in Lyme, and during these years wrote several short stories. When she married George David Petry in 1938, the course of her life changed. They lived in New York City, and Ann went to work for the Harlem Amsterdam News. By 1941, she was covering general news stories and editing the women's pages of the People's Voice in Harlem. Her first published story appeared in 1943 in the Crisis, a magazine published monthly by the NAACP. Subsequent to that, she began work on her first novel, The Street, which was published in 1946 and for which she received the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. Mrs. Petry has written two more novels, The Country Place and The Narrows, and numerous short stories, articles and children's books. In addition, she was appointed visiting professor of English at the University of Hawaii (1944 - 45) and has lectured widely throughout the United States. Ann returned with her husband to Old Saybrook in 1947 and lived there until here death. They have one daughter.Review:
"Overflows with the classic pity and terror of good imaginative writing." (The New York Times)
"Once again a standing ovation is due for this American classic."
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Book Description Mariner Books, 1992. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0395573807
Book Description Houghton Mifflin (P), 1992. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0395573807
Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1992. Paperback. Condition: New. UNUSED, LIKE NEW, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 448 pages. First published in 1946, when it won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award, this is the story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her struggle to live and raise a son amid the violence, poverty and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s 407. Seller Inventory # 7619
Book Description Houghton Mifflin (P), 1992. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. New. Seller Inventory # DH PB29pg252to551-23540
Book Description Houghton Mifflin (P), 1992. Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # Q-0395573807