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Oct 25: Classics Revisited

Classics Revisited

Where:  Henry Ford Centennial Library – Second Floor Ford Collection Room
When:  Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 – 8:00 pm (this is the fourth Wednesday) 


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith

Summary

The American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Author Notes

Betty Smith, December 15, 1896 – January 17, 1972 Betty Smith was born December 15, 1896, in Brooklyn, New York. She attended grammar school in Brooklyn, completing only the eighth grade. After leaving school at the age of fourteen, she worked in a factory, in retail and clerical jobs in New York City and eventually became a reader and editor for Dramatists Play Service, as well as an actress and playwright for the Federal Theater project and a radio actress. She attended the University of Michigan, from 1927 to 1930, as a special student. While attending the University of Michigan, some of her one-act plays were published, and she also worked as a feature writer for NEA (a newspaper syndicate) and wrote columns for the Detroit Free Press. She went on to Yale University Drama School, from 1930 to 1934.

Smith became a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from 1945 till 1946. She was a member of the Authors League and the Dramatists Guild. Smith is perhaps best known for her work “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” which became an overnight success for the first time writer. She won the Avery and Jule Hopwood first prize of $1,000 in 1931; the Rockefeller fellowship in playwriting and Rockefeller Dramatists Guild playwriting fellowship while at Yale and the Sir Walter Raleigh award for fiction in 1958, for “Maggie–Now.”

Betty Smith died on January 17, 1972.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Other Selections Include:

September 20
Federalist Papers (selections) by Alexander Hamilton et al. 

October 25 (fourth Wednesday)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

November 15
Cicero: Selected Works 

April 18
Ordinary People by Judith Guest

December 20
Anne of Green Gables: Book 1 by Lucy M. Montgomery

January 17
In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason

February 21
Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

March 21
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Big Read!)

April 18
Ordinary People by Judith Guest

May 16
Ulysses by James Joyce


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