The Resource A tree grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith ; with a foreword by Anna Quindlen

A tree grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith ; with a foreword by Anna Quindlen

Label
A tree grows in Brooklyn
Title
A tree grows in Brooklyn
Statement of responsibility
Betty Smith ; with a foreword by Anna Quindlen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • A young girl from an impoverished family comes of age in Brooklyn at the turn of the twentieth century
  • A poignant tale of childhood and the ties of family, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" will transport the reader to the early 1900s where a little girl named Francie dreamily looks out her window at a tree struggling to reach the sky
  • Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York. Especially in the summer of 1912. Somber, as a word, was better. But it did not apply to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Prairie was lovely and Shenandoah had a beautiful sound, but you couldn't fit those words into Brooklyn. Serene was the only word for it; especially on a Saturday afternoon in summer. Late in the afternoon the sun slanted down into the mossy yard belonging to Francie Nolan's house, and warmed the worn wooden fence. Looking at the shafted sun, Francie had that same fine feeling that came when she recalled the poem they recited in school. This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, Stand like Druids of eld. The one tree in Francie's yard was neither a pine nor a hemlock. It had pointed leaves which grew along green switches which radiated from the bough and made a tree which looked like a lot of opened green umbrellas. Some people called it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed fell, it made a tree which struggled to reach the sky. It grew in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps and it was the only tree that grew out of cement. It grew lushly, but only in the tenements districts
  • An autobiographical novel concerning a young daughter of German immigrants growing up in the slums of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the early 20th century
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
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1896-1972
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Smith, Betty
Dewey number
813/.52
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3537.M2895
LC item number
T7 2005
Literary form
fiction
Series statement
HarperPerennial modern classics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Poor families
  • Girls
  • Poor families
  • Girls
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
A tree grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith ; with a foreword by Anna Quindlen
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • First published: New York : Harper & Brothers, 1943
  • Includes a P.S. section of insights, interviews, & more
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed.
Extent
xi, 493, 16 p.
Isbn
9780060736262
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2004057293
System control number
2004057293
Label
A tree grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith ; with a foreword by Anna Quindlen
Publication
Note
  • First published: New York : Harper & Brothers, 1943
  • Includes a P.S. section of insights, interviews, & more
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed.
Extent
xi, 493, 16 p.
Isbn
9780060736262
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2004057293
System control number
2004057293

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