Ann Petry (1908-1997) was an
American novelist, who made history by becoming the first black female writer
to sell a million copies with her 1946 novel The Street. The book is set in postwar Harlem and details the
hardships of life as a black single mother.
made a career as a pharmacist, but continued writing throughout her life,
publishing several volumes of short stories and another novel, The Narrows, in 1953. She also wrote articles
for publications such as The Amsterdam
News or The People’s Voice.