Betty Smith Introduction

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(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Smith, Betty 1896–1972

Smith was an American novelist and playwright. Although A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was a popular success, Smith's later writing did not fulfill the promise of this first novel, which has been termed a very Brooklyn Bildungsroman. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 5-8, rev. ed.; obituary, Vols. 33-36, rev. ed., and Something about the Author, Vol. 6.)