Betty  Smith





Betty Smith

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born
in Brooklyn, NY, The United States
December 15, 1896

died
January 17, 1972

gender
female

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Betty Smith (AKA Sophina Elisabeth Wehner): Born- December 15, 1896; Died- January 17, 1972

Born in Brooklyn, New York to German immigrants, she grew up poor in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These experiences served as the framework to her first novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943).

After marrying George H. E. Smith, a fellow Brooklynite, she moved with him to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he pursued a law degree at the University of Michigan. At this time, she gave birth to two girls and waited until they were in school so she could complete her higher education. Although Smith had not finished high school, the university al
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“The world was hers for the reading.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“I know that's what people say-- you'll get over it. I'd say it, too. But I know it's not true. Oh, youll be happy again, never fear. But you won't forget. Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“Dear God," she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry...have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere - be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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December 2014 Revisit the Shelf Classic

1843, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 104 pages
 
  45 votes, 26.9%

 
  20 votes, 12.0%

1898, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, 192 pages
 
  19 votes, 11.4%

 
  17 votes, 10.2%

1952, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 601 pages
 
  15 votes, 9.0%

 
  14 votes, 8.4%

 
  11 votes, 6.6%

 
  10 votes, 6.0%

1980, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, 536 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.4%

1811, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, 409 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.2%

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