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The street - Ann Petry

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Her father a pharmacist and her mother a hairdresser and shopkeeper, Ann Petry (1908-1997) graduated from the Connecticut College of Pharmacy and returned to her Old Saybrook, Connecticut, home town to work in the family pharmacy. Marrying in 1938, she moved to New York City, where she wrote for The Amsterdam News and The People's Voice, performed with the American Negro Theatre, studied art, and began to publish short stories. Her critically acclaimed first novel, The Street (1946), became the first book by an African American woman to sell more than a million copies. Returning to Old Saybrook to raise her daughter, she went on to write the novels Country Place (1947) and The Narrows (1953), Miss Muriel and Other Stories (1971), the young adult historical novels Tituba of Salem Village (1955) and Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad (1955), and other works.