The Street

The Street A Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Novel Taken from back cover The Street is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of Lutie Johnson a young black woman and her struggle to live and raise a

  • Title: The Street
  • Author: Ann Petry
  • ISBN: 9780395573808
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Novel Taken from back cover The Street is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her struggle to live and raise a son amid the violence poverty and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s The Street was Ann Petry s first novel, a best seller with than a million and half copA Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Novel Taken from back cover The Street is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her struggle to live and raise a son amid the violence poverty and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s The Street was Ann Petry s first novel, a best seller with than a million and half copies in print.

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    About "Ann Petry"

    1. Ann Petry

      Ann Petry October 12, 1908 April 28, 1997 was an American author who became the first black woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel The Street.The wish to become a professional writer was raised in Ann for the first time in high school when her English teacher read her essay to the class commenting on it with the words I honestly believe that you could be a writer if you wanted to The decision to become a pharmacist was her family s She turned up in college and graduated with a Ph.G degree from Connecticut College of Pharmacy in New Haven in 1931 and worked in the family business for several years She also began to write short stories while she was working at the pharmacy.On February 22, 1938, she married George D Petry of New Iberia, Louisiana, which brought Petry to New York She not only wrote articles for newspapers such as The Amsterdam News, or The People s Voice, and published short stories in The Crisis, but also worked at an after school program at P.S 10 in Harlem It was during this period of her life that she had realized and personally experienced what the majority of the black population of the United States had to go through in their everyday life.Traversing the streets of Harlem, living for the first time among large numbers of poor black people, seeing neglected children up close Petry s early years in New York inevitably made impressions on her Impacted by her Harlem experiences, Ann Petry used her creative writing skills to bring this experience to paper Her daughter Liz explained to the Washington Post that her way of dealing with the problem was to write this book, which maybe was something that people who had grown up in Harlem couldn t do Petry s most popular novel The Street was published in 1946 and won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship with book sales topping a million copies.Back in Old Saybrook in 1947, the writer worked on Country Place 1947 , The Narrows 1953 , other stories, and books for children, but they have never achieved the same success as her first book Until her death Petry lived in an 18th century house in her hometown, Old Saybrook She drew on her personal experiences of the hurricane in Old Saybrook in her 1947 novel, Country Place Although the novel is set in the immediate aftermath of World War II, Petry identified the 1938 New England huricane as the source for the storm that is at the center of her narrative Ann Lane Petry died at the age of 88 on April 28, 1997 She was outlived by her husband, George Petry, who died in 2000, and her only daughter, Liz Petry from

    687 thoughts on “The Street”

    1. Don't talk to me about Germans. They're only doing the same thing in Europe that's been done in this country since the time it started.Since a grand jury ruled that Daniel Pantaleo should not be indicted for the murder of Eric Garner, a murder committed via an unlawful chokehold that was deemed a homicide and published as a Youtube video a day later, I've been doing some reconfiguring with the help of myriad Tumblr posts cause fuck mainstream media. I'll pay heed instead to a post describing the [...]


    2. The Street to Lutie Johnson meant 116th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, New York City. For those who don’t know, that’s Harlem. Lutie is looking here for an apartment for her and her son Bub. She wants her own apartment away from her Pop, where she believed Lil her Pop’s current live-in girlfriend is a bad influence to Bub.The apartment in question is a fourth floor walkup with dark narrow hallways, located in the back of the building. There is a bedroom, a living room, a kitche [...]


    3. The street could motivate or obliterate. The street could consume and devour. Here, the street is a personified stronghold; dreams come alive or they burn because of the street.Sometimes I start the first few pages of a book and realize immediately that it will have a treasured rating on my physical and shelves. Sometimes, after the finality, I sit in silence and thumb the highlighted pages of my copy, flipping again through its contents physically and mentally, attempting to pinpoint its uniqu [...]


    4. I haven't felt so mindfucked from an ending since Bend Sinister. Yet, whereas Nabokov does it simply because he can, in The Street it serves to underline the message, and I would say message rather than plot because Petry was a political writer and this novel certainly is that, besides being a wonderful piece of fiction. Some books shouldn't have happy endings, life in 1940's Harlem as a single mother didn't often have a happy ending and some types of books should just completely break you becau [...]


    5. Lutie Johnson does everything 'right'. She works hard, struggles to save, puts her son first, tries to protect him from loneliness, discomfort and the influences of the street full of poor, struggling folks. While working for a white family as a live-in housekeeper, she absorbed the philosophy the men espoused – wealth is available to anyone who works for it in this country. She studies, gets a 'respectable' white collar job, and keeps studying so that she can some day get a piddling promotion [...]


    6. I'm hesitant to give this four stars for a couple of reasons: one, because I know it was flawed in certain important ways, but to me the stars have to do with how much I personally enjoyed a book, not how technically "good" it was, so I think that's okay. The main reason I'm afraid of singing this book's praises too loudly is that I really loved it, and being able to see its problems and knowing other people might not think it's good really hurts my feelings. I feel protective of this book, and [...]


    7. A phenomenal story. "The street" itself is actually one of the novel's main characters, taking on a life of its own throughout the story. As noted on page 323 in Lutie Johnson's thoughts, referring to her Harlem ghetto neighborhood,"Streets like the one she lived on were no accident. They were the North's lynch mobse methods the big cities used to keep Negroes in their place." (323) Not only that, but "and while you were out working to pay the rent on this stinking, rotten place, why, the street [...]


    8. This book was published over 60 ago. 60 years ago, a single black mother in Harlem had the same exact heartaches that a single black mother in the United States is having right now. We have all been affected by "The Street" in some way, shape, or form and the fact that this physical and literal "street" still exist is justwell it's sad. This story is so real, so tragically beautiful, so humbling.I'm really at a loss for words.



    9. Ann Petry's The Street bears considerable resemblance to Wright's Native Son or Ellison's Invisible Man. All three tell a tale of a young black person and their struggle to achieve more. All three were written in the same era. All three are heartbreaking and haunting. I've loved all three, but each stands out for its own reason. The Street stands apart from the other two because Petry's story is so much more than a story of ethnicity; it's equally a tale about the struggles of women, and more so [...]


    10. [Lifted from Wiki] Ann Petry (1908-1997) was the first black woman writer with book sales topping a million copies. She was raised sheltered from most of the disadvantages other black people in the United States had to experience due to the color of their skin.Now, I'll quote from Wiki directly:"Petry had a strong family foundation with well-traveled uncles, who had many stories to tell her when coming home; her father, who overcame racial obstacles, opened a pharmacy in the small town; and her [...]


    11. I received this book as a gift from my grandmother. She wrote a small note in the insert of the book that says she read this book when she was 16 (she is now 78) because she grew up in Harlem near 116th street where this story takes place. The Street is about a woman name Lutie Johnson-young,smart,strong willed and determined to rise above the poverty and racism that constrains her on a daily basis. After an unsuccessful youthful marriage, she becomes a single woman raising her son in Harlem 195 [...]


    12. Ann Petry's 1946 Harlem classic is the book I wish A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was. Both are about poor folks, and both are wonderfully geographically specific, but Tree Grows is terribly sentimental, and The Street ist. The lady version of Native Son wouldn't be the worst way to describe it."The men stood around and the women worked," is Petry's thesis. "The men left the women and the women went on working and the kids were left alone." And "the women work because for years now the white folks hav [...]


    13. This is the story of Lutie Johnson and her son Bub. They are African Americans living in Harlem, probably sometime in the forties. The characters in this story were extremely well drawn, to the point that you, as the reader, could feel that you were those people and lived where they lived and could smell the street and see the garbage and corruption.Lutie worked and studied very hard in order to try to pull them up out of poverty, but life was against her. African American men were refused jobs [...]


    14. Check out my thoughts by clicking the link belowyoutu/FuiWeT6pJjwI have conflicting thoughts on this book. It was beautifully written. The story is just so heartbreaking.A few days have passed and my mind is still blown! I wish there was moreThis book was just REAL life. That's the only way I can properly phrase it.


    15. I think this is the best social commentary novel I've read in recent years. It's just that with the social commentary books I've read, I almost always encounter one (or more of the following) problems that make it impossible for me to rate the book highly: 1) The integrity of the characters is destroyed by the fact the author values delivering the message more highly than maintaining the aliveness of the characters 2) The message and observations are now quite dated, even if they might have been [...]


    16. It will be a long time before I forget the experience of reading Ann Petry’s The Street. A vivid analysis of race and class injustice in World War II-era New York City framed by the personal account of single mother Lutie Johnson, The Street is as heartbreaking today as it was in 1946, the year of its publication. Petry’s straightforward, omniscient style of writing is a perfect complement to the story, communicating its tragic message with unflinching clarity. At the forefront of Petry’s [...]


    17. The Street, by Ann Petry, is one of my all-time favorite books. Sometimes I find I have a physical relationship to the object of a book, and this is a paramount example.In college, I volunteered at a books for prisoners program, where we would package books per prisoner's requests. Aside from the delightful (and perhaps naive, or at least simplistic) joy of hoping that books could address the systemic oppression and human toll that is prison (and the crimes that put people there), I got to handl [...]



    18. I hesitate to give this 5 stars because of all the 5-star ratings I've been doling out recently, but I can't help myself—it's stuck with me for the past few days since I've finished the book and I'm still thinking about the endingPetry is obviously writing with a purpose here—it's a novel about a poor, black, single mother in Harlem and was published in 1946—but she also succeeds in crafting a heart-wrenching story that does not suffer at the hands of her message.Lutie Johnson may be the p [...]


    19. "And it wasn't just this city. It was any city where they set up a line and say black folks stay on this side and white folks on this side, so that the black folks were crammed on top of each other - jammed and packed and forced into the smallest possible space until they were completely cut off from light and air. It was any place where the women had to work to support the families because the men couldn't get jobs and the men got bored and pulled out and the kids were left without proper homes [...]


    20. I found the The Street by Ann Petry devastating. Almost too much realism, I could only take so much at any one sitting. Then, I would have to put it down and only pick it up again later, when I felt ready for more.The descriptive prose and imagery were beautiful; she grips you from the very beginning:There was a cold November wind blowing through 116th Street. It rattled the tops of garbage cans, sucked window shades out through the top of opened windows and set them flapping back against the wi [...]


    21. This is a hard book to rate. It's better than 3 stars but not a 4. I would probably give it a 3.5. For the most part it is well-written and the plot moves right along. The protagonist, Lutie Johnson, is believable and likable. The idea behind the plot -- how "the street" in poor and predominantly black neighborhoods makes a victim of almost everyone -- is well-handled. The impacts of racism and segregation on African Americans of the period -- "The Street" was published in 1946 -- are completely [...]


    22. I have always wanted to read this book, but was somehow never presented with the opportunity to read it until this weekend. I am awfully angry that I took so long to read it, for it was an amazing novel. Well written, gripping, and dismal, 'The Street' presents the reader with a disturbing story of a woman struggling in Harlem to raise her son alone, on a street populated with poor Blacks. Ann Petry proved herself as such a talented writer, that she became the first African American woman to sel [...]


    23. The ending of this novel is perhaps the most heartbreaking thing you'll ever read. However, Petry is masterful in her ability to understand the motivations of even the most odious characters. She also does a brilliant job of trapping the reader in the same way she traps Lutie Johnson in her life, through no fault of her own. I've taught this novel several times, and although students are usually unhappy with the ending, they eventually have to admit that there's no other ending that makes any se [...]



    24. This 1946 book could not be fresher and bolder. The style is blunt, lyrical, brutal, and achingly nuanced. Required reading, I'm so glad it's been reprinted.


    25. The Street is a novel in the tradition of Richard Wright's Native Son. It is concerned with the lives of poor urban African Americans during the 1940s and it provides a gritty, realistic view of their lives. Petry's novel is even more convincing an argument than Wright's, however. Where Wright's work gains power through its almost claustrophobic focus on Bigger, Petry is able to provide the reader with insights into multiple characters on the street, even though her focus is primarily Lutie John [...]


    26. Raw, riveting, and sadly still reflective of our own times, this novel describes life on a street in Harlem in 1945. I found the pacing a bit slow and some text a bit repetitious, but maybe that was needed to drive home the point that poverty and lack of opportunity are a crucible melting the hardiest values and weakening the strongest souls. The end is both expected and a surprise—well done.What I liked best: Pretty much everything, but especially all the points of view. We’re mainly with L [...]


    27. This Book. When David Bowie died, most of my friends spent a lot of time listening to his albums in tribute, but I dug up this article that I'd once read about the books that David Bowie articulated as his top 100 most influential books he'd ever read. David Bowie, that brilliant and creative spirit, was to me so amazing because his entire being was a continuous work of creation, a continuous, seamless, self contained world that he made and made and made again, and in doing so made it possible f [...]


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