And it could have been any street in the city

Dear Ann, How can one write a naturalist novel and still convey strong symbolic effect? I don’t know the answer, but I think you achieved that. The Street (1946) in your first novel is both a concrete space and a distorting mirror for a perverse version of the American Dream, a thin surface impossible to…

Ann Petry

Ann Petry (October 12, 1908 – April 28, 1997) was an American writer. Her parents belonged to the black minority of the small town in Connecticut where she was born. She graduated from Connecticut College of Pharmacy in New Haven, in 1931. After getting married, in 1938, Ann moved to New York. There, she wrote for newspapers,…