Ann Lane Petry always thought of herself as a short story writer. She began writing novels after publishing her first significant piece of fiction in Crisis, the official publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in December of 1943. This story, “On Saturday the Siren Sounds at Noon”, brought Petry to the attention of an editor at Houghton Mifflin who wanted to know if the young writer had a novel and also told her about the literary competition that the publishing house was sponsoring. Although Petry did not have a novel underway, she told the editor that she believed that she could write one. Motivated and encouraged by the notice she had received from Houghton …

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Jimoh, A Yemisi. "The Street". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 October 2002
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