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Can Anything Beat White? – A Black Family's Letters - University Press of Mississippi
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Can Anything Beat White?: A Black Family's Letters

Elisabeth Petry


Ann Petry (1908–1997) achieved prominence during a period in which few black women were published with regularity in America. Her novels Country Place (1947) and The Narrows (1988), along with various short stories and nonfiction, poignantly described the struggles and triumphs of middle-class blacks living in primarily white communities. Petry’s ancestors, the James family, served as inspiration for much of her fiction. This collection of more than four hundred family letters, edited by Petry’s daughter, is an engaging portrait of black family life from the 1890s to the early twentieth centur ... More

Keywords: Ann Petry, black women, Country Place, middle-class blacks, white communities, James family, black family life, African American, Willis Samuel James, slave

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617033209
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617033209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisabeth Petry, editor

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