First printing of this major mid-century novel.
Near fine in very good jacket.
"Ann Petry is increasingly recognized as one of the essential American novelists of the twentieth century." – Library of America
THE STREET is a powerful realist novel of social protest, exploring the oppressions at the intersection of race, gender, and class. In it, a Black single mother in Harlem seeking to live the American Dream fights against the seeming inevitability of her downfall. A tremendous success at the time, making Petry the first African-American woman to sell over 1 million copies, it has since fallen bafflingly into obscurity. As Tayari Jones remarked in the NEW YORK TIMES: "I recently reread The Street and I just can't figure out why this work is not more widely read and celebrated. After such a stunning reception in the 1940s, why hasn't this novel become a college staple? [...] Maybe a better question is what can be done to ignite an Ann Petry revival?"
Read more: Tayari Jones, "In Praise of Ann Petry," NEW YORK TIMES, 10 November 2018.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1946. 8'' x 5.25''. Original full grey cloth, illustration of a Harlem street stamped across boards, spine lettered in grey. Original unclipped ($2.50) color pictorial dust jacket, photographic portrait of the author by Edna Guy on rear panel. , 436 pages. Book with light toning at edges. Shallow chipping to jacket spine ends, with larger chips on front fold and rear panel, a few closed tears and edgewear. Nevertheless, a much nicer example than is common.
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