Betty Smith


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

Died
January 17, 1972

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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

Polls

August 2017 Revisit the Shelf Reread

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, 1939, 479 pages
 
  47 votes, 13.7%

Persuasion by Jane Austen, 1817, 249 pages
 
  45 votes, 13.1%

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 1856, 329 pages
 
  40 votes, 11.7%

 
  23 votes, 6.7%

 
  21 votes, 6.1%

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 1859, 672 pages
 
  19 votes, 5.5%

 
  19 votes, 5.5%

 
  18 votes, 5.2%

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 1957, 592 pages
 
  17 votes, 5.0%

 
  15 votes, 4.4%

 
  15 votes, 4.4%

 
  14 votes, 4.1%

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy, 1905, 204 pages
 
  14 votes, 4.1%

Paradise Lost by John Milton, 1667, 453 pages
 
  13 votes, 3.8%

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 1935, 302 pages
 
  12 votes, 3.5%

 
  11 votes, 3.2%

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