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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (First Edition) by  Betty Smith - First Edition - 1943 - from Royal Books, Inc. and Biblio.com

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (First Edition)

by Smith, Betty

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New York: Harper and Brothers, 1943. First Edition. First Edition. About Near Fine in a Good dust jacket. Colorful child's bookplate to the front pastedown ("This mine / Merc Relvas"), very slight rumple to the cloth at the rear board, else book is bright and clean. The rare jacket has no major loss, but does have a couple of chips at the crown (affecting the top portion of "TREE" in the title), a chip at the heel, and small chips along the front flap fold amounting to near-separation, with some discreet archival tape mends at the verso. Still, overall, a pleasing copy of a classic American novel, and a rare first edition in jacket.




Book summary

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, was published in 1943 by Harper and Brothers in the United States.

The novel follows the life of Francie Nolan. The main character is a girl, later a young woman, facing and overcoming adversity throughout her life. The book uses minor themes of dishonesty, alcoholism, and the general hardships of growing up poor in turn-of the century Brooklyn to show Francie's determination to survive and succeed.

Standard fare in secondary education, and commonly found in libraries, this twentieth century classic helped to define a generation. Damage to the dust jacket is common, as is age-tanning and foxing. The spine of this book can also sometimes show wear and tearing. 50,000 copies were issued in the first printing. Signed copies are very rare, and if of high quality commonly sell for over $10,000 USD. This work is highly sought after, both as a classic coming of age story, and a definitively American work of fiction.

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