A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

by Smith, Betty

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is a classic coming-of-age novel set in the early 20th century. It follows the story of Francie Nolan, a young girl growing up in the impoverished Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Despite her challenging circumstances, Francie finds solace and inspiration in books and the natural world. The novel explores themes of poverty, family dynamics, resilience, and the power of education. Through Francie's eyes, readers witness her struggles, dreams, and triumphs as she navigates the complexities of adolescence and strives to rise above her circumstances. Smith's poignant storytelling captures the essence of hope, determination, and the indomitable spirit of a young girl yearning for a brighter future.

An instant best-seller, 300,000 copies were sold just in the first six weeks after publication. In 1945 was adapted into a film directed by Elia Kazan starring James Dunn, Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, and Peggy Ann Garner, who won a Special Academy Award for Outstanding Child Actress of 1945.

First Edition Identification

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was published by Harper and Brothers in 1943. Binding in green cloth with printed paper spine label. It was 443 pages. First edition is stated on the copyright page above "D-S" and below "8-43". Pictorial dust jacket has the price of $2.75 printed on the upper corner of the first flap and "5338" is on the bottom.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

There are many later collectible editions of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. In 1947 the International Collectors Library issued a Limited Edition in hardcover. There are also deluxe editions such as the one published by Easton Press in 2007, bound in full red decorated leather stamped in gold.

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On Jul 22, 2017, Anonymous said

Wonderful! A touching story, which I first read when I was maybe nine or ten years old. I have read it several times since.......Jane K.

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1943
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New York NY: Harper & Brothers, 1943. First Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. 1943 Harper & Brothers True Stated First Edition with the 8-43 above and the D-S below. It has a **SIGNED, INSCRIBED & DATED** note tipped in: Dear Bizz, with love Betty Smith June 1960 Chapel Hill N. Car Condition:… Read more about this item
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1943
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1943. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. First edition second printing with "Second Edition" stated on the copyright page. Published by Harper & Brothers, New York, 1943. The book measures 5.5" x 8.25", 443 pages. Comes with a brand new facsimile (reproduction) dust jacket for protection and… Read more about this item
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1943
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1943. First Edition. Very Good/Very Good. First edition stated, first printing. Bound in publisher's green cloth with title label to spine. Very Good+ with fading to spine, light softening to spine ends, pages toned. In a Very Good first issue dust jacket with a blank verso and publisher's original price of $2.75 intact;… Read more about this item
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New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1943. First Edition. First Printing, with publisher's "8-43" and "D-S" codes on copyright page. Octavo (21cm); green linen, with printed title label mounted to spine; [iv],[2],3-443,[1]pp. Forward lean, modest wear, sunning to spine and upper half of rear cover, faint foxing to text edges and endpapers, with a contemporary owner's ink signature to… Read more about this item
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New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1943. First edition of Smith's classic first novel. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, "Sincerely, Betty Smith Brooklyn, N.Y. September, 1943." Near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. An exceptional example. "Forty years… Read more about this item
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NY, Armed Services Editions, n.d. (1944), first edition thus, wrappers. Softcover.. No. D-117 in this important series, a novel, reprinted later in the series as ASE K-28, see Molly Manning's When Books Went to War for the importance and significance of this book issued by the Council on Books in Wartime, designed to fit the pocket of a World… Read more about this item
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1943
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New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1943. States "8-43 SECOND EDITION G-S" on the copyright page. Bumped near the spine head. Light edge wear otherwise. The boards are rubbed. Previous owner's bookplate is on the front pastedown. The endpapers are mildly foxed. In a square, sound binding with hinges intact.. Hard Cover. Very… Read more about this item
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [novel, Blakiston Edition]

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [novel, Blakiston Edition]

by Smith, Betty

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Pages are Aged, Yet Clean: Blakiston Company By Special Arrangement / Harper Brothers Publishers 1943. Previous Owner Name Stamp . No Dust Jacket. Popular Culture / America. Hardback : hard cover edition in good to better condition, a typical used book with slight wear to edges and spine. Overall good / nice copy of this scarce title. Excellent… Read more about this item
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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1943
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New York and London: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1943 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 2nd Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Dark green cloth on boards with beige paper label with black lettering on spine. Black pictorial dustjacket with yellow lettering has much wear and tear, and has several areas with clear tape inside. Previous owner's name. This… Read more about this item
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New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1943. First edition of Smith's classic first novel about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century. Octavo, original green cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, "For Foster and Marian Best Love Betty Smith Aug. 23, 1943." Near fine… Read more about this item
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A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1943. First edition. Near fine in very good plus jacket.. First printing of the classic coming-of-age story - a great copy, much nicer than typically seen. Little Francie, growing up in a poverty-stricken white immigrant neighborhood amid alcoholism and family conflict, captured the determination that many in the 1940s could relate to -… Read more about this item
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Betty Smith

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1943
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New York: Armed Services Editions, 1943. Special Edition . Soft cover. Very Good. Armed Services edition D-117, first edition thus, wrappers. Some wear and toning to covers and pages, but complete and in very good condition for its age and the fact it was made to be carried by soldiers during wartime. This title was so popular,… Read more about this item
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [Hardcover] Betty Smith

by Betty Smith

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Harper & Brothers, 1943. hardcover. Good. 8x5x1. 1943 edition, doesnt state the edition /printing used hardcover copy , missing dust jacket. sunning to pages/covers with age, spine intact.
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1943
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Harper and Brothers, 1943. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. A very good first edition (so stated on the copyright page) in a very good dust jacket with the original price of $2.75 still on the front flap. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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1943
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1943. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. Not Signed. 1st Edition. Harper & Brothers, New York, 1943. Hard Cover. Book Condition: VG. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition/Eighth Printing stated as "Eighth Edition." Book Condition is very good with a stiff tight spine, rigid yellow boards and no pushes to tips but with a tear out… Read more about this item
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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1943
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1943. First US Edition/21st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Stated Twenty-First Edition with and B-T for publisher which corresponds with February 1944. A lovely early copy in pale grey/green boards and bue type to spine. Top corners dinged with light rubbing to spine ends/corners. Interior clean and binding solid with some tanning to page… Read more about this item
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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Betty Smith

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No dust jacket
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The Edition made by Special Arrangement with Harper & Brothers
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1943
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Brown cloth over boards with gilt title and author on spine. Hinges tight. Corners lightly bumped.
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The Blakiston Company, Philadelphia, PA, 1943. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No dust jacket. 376 pp. Text box white and unmarked. A pink stain appears at top outer edge affecting hafl title page, title page through page 2 of the book. Otherwise unmarked with no prior owner attribution.
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A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (HARPER

by Smith, Betty

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UsedGood. The item shows wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. All pages and cover are intact (including the dust cover, if applicable). Spine may show signs of wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. May NOT include discs, access code or other supplemental materials.
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