Ann Petry

(b. 1911)

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born in and still a resident of Old Saybrook, Conn., after graduation from the state university and work in the family drugstore published The Street (1946), a novel in the Richard Wright tradition, about blacks trapped in the ghetto life of Harlem. It was followed by Country Place (1947), a novel depicting class conflict in a setting like her hometown, and The Narrows (1953), which combines previous themes in its concern with black people like herself in a New England community but dramatically presents the romance of a talented black boy and a patrician white girl. Short stories are collected in Miss Muriel (1971), and books for children include The Drugstore Cat (1949), Harriet Tubman (1955), and Tituba of Salem Village (1964).

Subjects: Literature.

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