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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.

by Smith, Betty

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1943. First edition of the author's classic first novel. Octavo, original green cloth. Inscribed by the author, "To May Preston with regards Betty Smith." A near fine copy in a near fine first issue dust jacket with one small chip professionally restored. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice copy of a novel rarely enountered signed or inscribed. "Forty years before Holden Caulfield abandoned Pencey Prep to begin his ill-fated Manhattan odyssey, Francie Nolan struggled to obtain an education in the teeming tenement neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Francie grows up nurtured by the loving gallantries of her father, a singing waiter who drinks too much, and the rigorous austerities practiced by her brave mother, a janitress who reads to her children each night from the complete plays of Shakespeare and the 'Protestant Bible'. The book was an instant best-seller, with 300,000 copies purchased in the first six weeks. Writing in the Yale review, Orville Prescott praised A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as a 'rich and rare example of regional local color writing, filled to the scuppers with Brooklynese, Brooklyn folk-ways and Brooklyn atmosphere" (New York Public Library Books of the Century, 207).

Book Details

  • Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 1696
  • Title: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.
  • Author: Smith, Betty
  • Book condition: Used
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harper & Brothers
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1943
  • Keywords: Betty Smith first edition, inscribed by the author, Tree Grows in Brooklyn First Edition, Tree Grows in Brooklyn Signed First Edition
  • Bookseller catalogs: Literature;


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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