29 June 2005
SMITH, Betty (1896-1972). A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. New York: Harper & Brothers, n.d (after 1943).
8o. Original blue cloth (faded along spine and edges, some wear to ends of spine); pictorial dust jacket (worn); quarter morocco folding case with colorful onlay duplicating the image from the dust jacket. Provenance: Elsie Mae Gordon (bookplate, presentation inscription).
Later edition. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY SMITH on the title-page: "To Elsie Mae Gordon with regards Betty Smith." In 1945 Elia Kazan made his directorial debut in the film adaptation of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Following the trials of a tenemant family living in Brooklyn during the turn of the century, Smith's novel would also serve as the basis for a Broadway musical.
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