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At Home Inside: A Daughter's Tribute to Ann Petry [Kindle Edition]

Elisabeth Petry
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Ann Petry (1908-1997) was a prominent writer during a period in which few black writers were published with regularity in America. Her novels The Street, Country Place, and The Narrows, along with a collection of short stories and various essays and works of nonfiction, give voice to black experience outside of the traditional strains of poverty and black nationalism.

At Home Inside: A Daughter's Tribute to Ann Petry sifts the myriad contradictions of Ann Petry's life from a daughter's vantage. Ann Petry hoarded antiques but destroyed many of her journals. She wrote, but, failing to publish for years, she used her imagination to design and sew clothes, to bake, and to garden. When fame finally came, Ann Petry did not enjoy the travel it brought. Though she suffered phobias and anxieties all her life, she did not avoid the obligations of literary success until late in her career.

Ann Petry applied her formidable skills to stories she told about herself and her family, and the corrections Elisabeth Petry makes to her mother's inventions will prove invaluable. Talking about her life publicly, Ann Petry acknowledged six different birth dates. She hid her first marriage, and even represented her father, Peter C. Lane, Jr., as a potential killer. Mining Petry's journals Elisabeth Petry creates part biography, part love letter, and part sounding of her mother's genius and luminescent personality.

Elisabeth Petry is a freelance writer with a juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Middletown, Connecticut, and is the editor of Can Anything Beat White? A Black Family's Letters (University Press of Mississippi).


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A remembrance of a reticent writer who attained substantial literary success while raising a family

About the Author

Elisabeth Petry is a freelance writer with a juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Middletown, Connecticut, and is the editor of Can Anything Beat White? A Black Family's Letters (University Press of Mississippi). Gloria Wade Gayles is Eminent Scholar's Chair in Independent Study, Scholarship, and Service at Spelman College. She is the author of several books and the editor of Conversations with Gwendolyn Brooks (University Press of Mississippi).

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  • File Size: 2576 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (November 3, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BSI6WI
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ann Petry according to her daughter June 20, 2012
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Ann Petry was a private person, some would say reclusive. This memoir opens the reader's mind to the inner workings of this great American novelist. One is privy to the author's journals and correspondence. Petry's life in New England throws light on her fierce determination in finding justice and confronting injustice, whether it occurs in her fiction or in her real life. This is a book worth reading!
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