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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (SIGNED Plus SIGNED MOVIE TIE-INS)

Smith, Betty

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ISBN 10: 0060001941 / ISBN 13: 9780060001940
Published by Harper & Brothers, New York, 1944
Condition: Very Good Minus Hardcover
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SIGNED by Betty Smith on a small bookplate attached to front end page (signature only). Stated 25th Printing/with DJ. Copyright page with codes '8-3' and 'D-T' (April 1944). Light blue boards. 420 pages. 7 3/4" book height with statement on DJ front stating that due to paper shortage of war reduced size was adopted to keep book in print. DJ has photo of Betty Smith on rear asking to sell War Bonds. Prev. owners name on front & rear pastedowns (under DJ flap). DJ rubbed and has edge wear rubbing at corners and spine ends. On obverse of DJ is author essay entitled "How The Tree Grew". $2.50 price present on DJ flap with 'no. 5338' on lower flap. Also SIGNED by TED DONALDSON on a bookplate attached to second half-tiltle page (signature only- Donaldson played 'Neely Nolan' in 1945 film version of novel). Also SIGNED by ELIA KAZAN on a bookplate on front end page (signature only- Kazan directed the famous 1945 film, it was director Kazan's first feature film). Laid-in is a card SIGNED and inscribed by LLOYD NOLAN (Nolan played Officer McShane in film). Laid-in is a card SIGNED by DOROTHY McGUIRE (played Katie Nolan). Attached to half-title page is a card SIGNED and inscribed by JAMES DUNN (played Johnny Nolan in film and won an Academy Award for best supporting actor). Laid-in is a card SIGNED by RUTH NELSON (played 'Miss Donough'). Unique signed copy for the Betty Smith- Tree Grows in Brooklyn fan or collector. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 017582

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Title: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (SIGNED Plus SIGNED...

Publisher: Harper & Brothers, New York

Publication Date: 1944

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good Minus

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Minus

Signed: Signed by Author

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The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century.

From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior-such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce-no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans’ daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connectedness and raw with honesty. Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life-from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children of Francie’s neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Betty Smith has artfully caught this sense of exciting life in a novel of childhood, replete with incredibly rich moments of universal experiences--a truly remarkable achievement for any writer.


Francie Nolan, avid reader, penny-candy connoisseur, and adroit observer of human nature, has much to ponder in colorful, turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. She grows up with a sweet, tragic father, a severely realistic mother, and an aunt who gives her love too freely--to men, and to a brother who will always be the favored child. Francie learns early the meaning of hunger and the value of a penny. She is her father's child--romantic and hungry for beauty. But she is her mother's child, too--deeply practical and in constant need of truth. Like the Tree of Heaven that grows out of cement or through cellar gratings, resourceful Francie struggles against all odds to survive and thrive. Betty Smith's poignant, honest novel created a big stir when it was first published over 50 years ago. Her frank writing about life's squalor was alarming to some of the more genteel society, but the book's humor and pathos ensured its place in the realm of classics--and in the hearts of readers, young and old. (Ages 10 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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