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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Smith, Betty

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Very Good/Very Good
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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; Rubbing and wear mainly at extremities, light chipping at spine ends. A nice example of the wartime production.


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.

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On Jul 22 2017, a reader 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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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Smith, Betty
Book Condition
Used - Very Good
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First Edition
Harper & Brothers
Place of Publication
New York
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Burnside Rare Books specializes in literary first editions and works of cultural and historic significance. We are located in Portland, Oregon and welcome visitors by appointment.


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A term used to denote a condition a slight grade better than Good.
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
A defect in which small pieces are missing from the edges; fraying or small pieces of paper missing the edge of a paperback, or...
The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched...
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.

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