978-0-89577-328-9 / 9780895773289

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


Publisher:Reader's Digest Association



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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a largely autobiographical work. Written by Betty Smith, it was first published in 1943 at the height of the second World War. Like Francie Nolan, Smith grew up in an impoverished Williamsburg in the early twentieth century. She and Francie even share the same birth date, although Smith was born five years before. Like Francie, Smith went to college without a high school diploma. She followed her husband and fellow Brooklynite to University of Michegan, where she took classes and wrote plays-one of Francie's ambitions in the novel. Smith was also a mother of two, and had to put off her own education to rear her children. Such a situation perhaps allowed for her sensitivity toward gender issues in the story.

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