Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1946. [First Edition] Matching dates on title page and copyright page. Hardcover. 8vo., 436pp., grey cloth with stamped design of a Harlem street scene on both front and back covers. Unclipped dust jacket ($2.50), wrap around color pictorial dust jacket, photo portrait of the author on the back panel. - The author's first book. --. Near fine / very good +. Item #10174
"Ann Petry's publication of her first novel, The Street, gained her widespread attention as a writer and cultural figure. The book became a best-seller and was critically acclaimed for its portrayal of a working-class black woman. The Street became the first novel by a black American woman to sell more than a million copies. It was widely reviewed, published in several paperback editions, and translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese. Its author appeared on magazine covers and in a glossy feature article in Ebony magazine".-harvard magazine; Ann Petry Brief life of a celebrity-averse novelist: 1908-1997 by Farah Jasmine Griffin.