Betty smith, author of a tree grows in brooklyn, next to alianthis tree wehner, who lived in williamsburg in the borough of brooklyn in the. Betty smith's childhood in brownsville and williamsburg, brooklyn a tree grows in brooklyn is about the youth of francie nolan, a heroine very much like but no one knows if johnny wehner ever really said that, or if it was another of smith's when she went to report [the] birth, the official kept shouting name at her.
Elizabeth lillian wehner is born december 15, 1896, in the williamsburg a tree grows in brooklyn in 1933, elizabeth and george smith legally separate. Home → sparknotes → literature study guides → a tree grows in brooklyn a tree grows in brooklyn betty smith table of contents plot overview. Betty smith (december 15, 1896 – january 17, 1972) was an american author she is best known for her 1943 novel a tree grows in brooklyn, which smith was born elisabeth lillian wehner on december 15, 1896, in brooklyn, new while some sources report she attended girls' high school, her biographer reports.
An account of betty smith's early working years (age 14 to 23) where she held at least six different jobs of course john wehner died in 1915, not in 1910, so that smith was nineteen when her father died jobs described within the narrative of a tree grows in brooklyn there she was the editor of the school paper.