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, such as The Amsterdam News and The People’s Voice, and published short stories.



  • The Street (novel), 1946;
  • Country Place (novel), 1947;
  • The Drugstore Cat (for children; illus. Susanne Suba), 1949;
  • The Narrows (novel), 1953.
  • Tituba of Salem Village (historical novel for children), 1955,
  • Harriet Tubman: Conductor On The Underground Railroad (non-fiction), 1955;
    • published in London as The Girl Called Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman, 1960.
  • Legends of the Saints (illus. Anne Rockwell), 1970.
  • Miss Muriel and Other Stories (story collection), 1971.

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