Ann Petry

1908–1997
Ann Petry photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1948. (Carl Van Vechten photographs, 1932-1964, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University)

Major works:
The StreetThe Narrows

“Sometimes when a writer is regarded as ‘before her time’ we don’t quite understand that the same work is still right on time. Petry is the writer we have been waiting for, hers are the stories we need to fully illuminate the questions of our moment, while also offering a page-turning good time. Ann Petry, the woman, had it all, and so does her insightful, prescient and unputdownable prose.”
— Tayari Jones, The New York Times (2018)

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