A Tree Grows In BrooklynA Profoundly Moving Novel, And An Honest And True One It Cuts Right To The Heart Of Life If You Miss A Tree Grows In Brooklyn You Will Deny Yourself A Rich Experience It Is A Poignant And Deeply Understanding Story Of Childhood And Family Relationships The Nolans Lived In The Williamsburg Slums Of Brooklyn From Until Their Daughter Francie And Their Son Neely Knew Than Their Fair Share Of The Privations And Sufferings That Are The Lot Of A Great City S Poor Primarily This Is Francie S Book She Is A Superb Feat Of Characterization, An Imaginative, Alert, Resourceful Child And Francie S Growing Up And Beginnings Of Wisdom Are The Substance Of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
See this thread for information. Betty Smith AKA Sophina Elisabeth Wehner Born December 15, 1896 Died January 17, 1972Born in Brooklyn, New York to German immigrants, she grew up poor in Williamsburg, Brooklyn These experiences served as the framework to her first novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1943.After marrying George H E Smith, a fellow Brooklynite, she moved with him to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he pursued a law degree at the University of Michigan At this time, she gave birth to two girls and waited until they were in school so she could complete her higher education Although Smith had not finished high school, the university allowed her to enroll in classes There she honed her skills in journalism, literature, writing, and drama, winning a prestigious Hopwood Award She was a student in the classes of Professor Kenneth Thorpe Rowe.In 1938 she divorced her husband and moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina There she married Joseph Jones in 1943, the same year in which A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was published She teamed with George Abbott to write the book for the 1951 musical adaptation of the same name Throughout her life, Smith worked as a dramatist, receiving many awards and fellowships including the Rockefeller Fellowship and the Dramatists Guild Fellowship for her work in drama Her other novels include Tomorrow Will Be Better 1947 , Maggie Now 1958 and Joy in the Morning 1963.
- 489 pages
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
- Betty Smith
- 27 January 2017 Betty Smith