New York: Pyramid, 1964. 2nd Printing. 12mo, publisher's pictorially illustrated stiff paper wraps.
Mass market paperback of pioneering author Ann Petry’s debut novel. Originally published in 1946, Petry’s groundbreaking thriller received critical and popular acclaim, quickly becoming the first book by a black woman to sell over one million copies. Entertaining and eloquently written, Petry unflinchingly articulates the struggles of black womanhood through protagonist Lutie Johnson, an impoverished single mother struggling to raise her child in a culture of white supremacy. Although Petry had always aspired to be a successful writer, she described her experience with literary celebrity as “soul theft”: “My soul was no longer my own...I was a black woman at a point in time when being a writer was not usual, and I was besieged. Everyone wanted a part of me.” She soon left Harlem for her hometown in Connecticut, where she remained in relative obscurity until her death in 1997. Some wear and creasing to wraps. Very good. Item #3164