By birth Ann Lane Petry was a third generation New Englander, a Connecticut Yankee whose maternal grandmother, Anna Houston James, was born in New Haven and whose mother, Bertha James Lane, was born in Hartford. Petry also was the granddaughter of Willis Samuel James who escaped the shackles of human captivity in Virginia on the Underground Railroad and settled in Connecticut where he married Anna Houston. Petry's father, Peter Lane, was a native of Germantown, New Jersey. Ann Lane Petry was the younger of Bertha James Lane and Peter Clark Lane Jr.'s two surviving children. Ann Lane was born 12 October 1908 in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, where she would reside for all except nine years of her life.

The Lane family …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Citation:
Jimoh, A Yemisi. "Ann Petry". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 July 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3542, accessed 24 November 2014.]

Articles on Petry's works

  1. Country Place
  2. Miss Muriel and other Stories
  3. The Narrows
  4. The Street

Related Groups

  1. African American Fiction