American writer, Shirley Ann Grau dies at 91. Ann was born on 8 July 1929, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America. Grau wrote 6 novels and 4 short stories which are all set in the Deep South, from New Orleans to north Louisiana and Alabama. In 1955, The Black Prince (based on last Sikh prince of Punjab) her first book was published.

Shirley won the Pulitzer Prize for her fourth book, “The Keepers of the House” in 1964 which speaks about the romance between a wealthy white man and his black housekeeper in rural Alabama which drew critical praise and threatening phone calls. The Book, “The Black Prince and Other Stories” was nominated for the National Book Award in 1956. Selected Stories was the last book published in 2006.

Shirley Ann Grau Dies