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Biography of Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Publication of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the best selling novel by Betty Smith, published by Harper & Row in 1942 American literature
Literary context of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, within the context of working class American literature
Tomorrow Will Be Better, a novel by Betty Smith
Maggie Now, a novel by Betty Smith
Joy in the Morning, a novel by Betty Smith
Bibliography of the writing of Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Primary Sources

The major part of my research has been in the archives of the Betty Smith Papers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Novels

Smith, Betty. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1943.

Smith, Betty. Tomorrow Will Be Better. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1948.

Smith, Betty. Maggie-Now. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1958.

Smith, Betty. Joy in the Morning. New York: Harper & Row, 1963.

Secondary Sources

Athas, Daphne. "Mothers and Writers: A Memoir of Betty Smith," in Leader: A Magazine of the Triangle (June 22 1989) p 21-29.

Baym, Nina. "Melodramas of Beset Manhood: How Theories of American Fiction Exclude Women Authors." American Quarterly 33, no. 2 (Summer 1981): 123-49.

Bentley, Joanne. Hallie Flanagan: A Life in the American Theatre. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.

Brink, Andrew. Bertrand Russell: A Psychobiography of a Moralist. New Jersey: Humanities Press International, 1989.

Brodkey, Linda. Academic Writing as Social Practice. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1987.

Canfield, Cass. Up & Down & Around: A Publisher Recollects the Time of his Life. New York: Harper's 1971.

Carter, Jean and Jess Odgen. Everyman's Drama: A Study of the Noncommercial Theatre in the United States. New York: American Association for Adult Education, 1938.

Cole, John Y., ed. Books in Action: the Armed Services Editions. Washington: Library of Congress, 1984.

Dudovitz, Resa L. The Myth of Superwoman: Women's Bestsellers in France and the United States. New York: Routledge, 1980?

Eisinger, Chester E. Fiction of the Forties. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963.

Elson, Ruth Miller. Myths and Mores in American Best Sellers, 1865-1965. New York: Garland, 1985.

Exman, Eugene. The House of Harper; One Hundred and Fifty Years of Publishing. New York: Harper & Row, 1967.

Frye, Joanne S. Living Stories, Telling Lives: Women and the Novel in Contemporary Experience. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1986.

Greene, Suzanne Ellery. Books for Pleasure: Popular Fiction, 1914-1945. Ohio: Bowling Green Popular Press, 1974.

Kaplan, Amy. The Social Construction of American Realism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Kazan, Elia. Elia Kazan: A Life. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1988.

Lauter, Paul. "Race and Gender in the Shaping of the American Literary Canon: A Case Study from the Twenties," Feminist Studies 9 (Fall 1983): 435-63.

Long, Elizabeth. The American Dream and the Popular Novel. Boston: Routledge, 1985.

Madison, Charles A. Irving to Irving: Author-Publisher Relations 1800-1974. New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1974.

Miller, Arthur. Timebends. New York: The Grove Press, 1987.

Shipman, David. The Story of Cinema. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1982.

Sinclair, Jo. Wasteland. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1946.

Spearman, Walter. The Carolina Playmakers: the First Fifty Years. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1970.

Strauss, Helen M. A Talent for Luck: An Autobiography. New York: Random House, 1979.

Wagner-Martin, Linda. The Modern American Novel 1914-1945: A Critical History. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1990.

West, James L.W. American Authors and the Literary Marketplace since 1900. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988.

Wexler, Joyce. "Who Paid for Modernism," in Sewanee Review, v.44 no. 2 Spring 1986: 440-449.

Dramatic Compliations and Publications

Koch, Frederich H., ed. Plays for School and Little Theatres. (By Betty Smith and Robert Finch). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Extension Bulletin. Vol. XVI, no. 4, 1937.

Smith, Betty, ed. 25 Non-Royalty One-Act Plays for All-Girl Casts. New York: Greenberg Publishing, 1942.

Smith, Betty, ed. 20 Prize-Winning Non-Royalty One-Act Plays. New York: Greenberg Publishing, 1943.

Smith Betty, and George Abbott. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: A Musical Play. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1951.

Plays, Screenplays and Radio Scripts

"And Never Yield" unpublished, copyrighted manuscript, material deposited 1943, 1944, 1945; "First in Heart" in 1946.

"Bayou Harlequinade" with Clemon White. In Margaret Mayorga, ed. Twenty Short Plays on a Royalty Holiday. vol. II. (1940-1943). New York: Samuel French, 1940; New York: Samuel French Pamphlet, 1940.

"Becomes a Woman" by E. W. Smith, copyrighted material deposited 1930.

"The Boy Abe." In One Act Play Magazine (Mar-April 1941).

"The Candy Farm" by E.W. Smith, copyrighted material deposited 1931.

"Common Ground" with Jay Sigmund. In Sixth Yearbook of Plays. Evanston, IL: Row-Peterson & Co., 1940; Row-Peterson & Co. Pamphlet, 1940;

"Copper Braclet" with Robert Finch. Syracuse, NY: Willie N. Bugbee Pamphlet, undated.

"Darkness at the Window" with Jay Sigmund. Chicago: Dramatic Publishing Co. Pamphlet, undated.

"The Day's Work." In Kenneth Thorpe Rowe, ed. University of Michigan Plays. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1930.

"The Desert Shall Rejoice" with Robert Finch. In Book of Radio Plays. New York: Samuel French, 1941. Also a Warner Brothers Moving Picture, 1941. (copyrighted under Finch's name, 1940)

"Divorce Lawyer" by E.W. Smith, copyrighted material deposited 1936.

"Doors That Slam" with Wieder Sievers. In Book of Radio Plays. New York: Samuel French, 1941.

"Durham Station"

"Earthquake" with Jack Woodford, copyrighted material deposited 1937.

"The Far Distant Shore" with Robert Finch. In The Best One-Act Plays of 1945. New York: Samuel French, 1946; Twenty Short Plays on a Royalty Holiday Vol. III (1947-1950) edited by Margaret Gardner Mayorga. New York: Samuel French, 1947.

"Folk Stuff" with Jay Sigmund. New York: Samuel French Pamphlet, 1937.

"Freedom's Bird"

"Fun After Supper." In M. G. Mayorga, ed. Twenty Short Plays on a Royalty Holiday. vol. II. (1940-1943). New York: Samuel French, 1940; New York: Samuel French Pamphlet, 1940.

"Gander Sauce"

"Good Night, Uncle George" by Betty Roberts. Franklin, OH: Eldridge Entertainment House Pamphlet, 1939.

"Heroes Just Happen" with Robert Finch. New York: Samuel French Pamphlet, undated.

"His Last Skirmish" with Robert Finch. New York: Samuel French Pamphlet, 1937.

"Jonica Starrs" by E.W. Smith, copyrighted material deposited 1930.

"Lawyer Lincoln" with Chase Webb. New York: Dramatists Play Service Pamphlet, 1939.

"Lights are Still Burning" with Robert Finch. New York: Samuel French Pamphlet, 1942.

"Made in Heaven" by E.W. Smith, copyrighted material deposited 1933.

"Mannequin's Maid." Chicago: T.S. Denison Pamphlet, 1938.

"Manana Bandits" with Chase Webb. In Best One-Act Plays of 1938. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1939; Betty Smith, ed. 20 Prize Winning Non-Royalty One-Act Plays. New York: Greenberg, 1943; One Act Play Magazine (Dec-Jan 1941-42).

"Montana Night" with Robert Finch. In Frederick H. Koch, ed. American Folk Plays. New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1939.

"Murder in the Snow" with Robert Finch. New York: Samuel French Pamphlet, 1938.

"Naked Angel" with Robert Finch. New York: Samuel French Pamphlet, 1937.

"Near Closing Time" with Robert Finch. Chicago: T.S. Denison Pamphlet, 1938.

"Night in the Country" with Robert Finch. Evanston, IL: Row-Peterson & Co. Pamphlet, 1940;

"Once There was a Man" by E.W. Smith, copyrighted material deposited 1938.

"On to Oregon." New York: Samuel French Pamphlet, 1942.

"Out of the Prairie." In One Act Play Magazine (1942).

"The Package for Ponsonby." In One Act Play Magazine (Jan-Feb 1939).

"A Penny Saved" by Betty Roberts. Kansas City: Midwest Play Bureau, undated.

"Popecastle Inn" with Robert Finch. New York: Samuel French Pamphlet, 1937.

"Prairie Boy." In Plays of Democracy. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1942.

"The Professor Roars" with Robert Finch. Chicago: Dramatic Publishing Co. Pamphlet, undated.

"Room for a King." Franklin, OH: Eldridge Entertainment House Pamphlet, 1940.

"The Saints Get Together" with Jay Sigmund. Chicago: T.S. Denison Pamphlet, 1938.

"School Bus." Copyrighted material deposited 1947.

"Silvered Rope" with Jay Sigmund. Chicago: T.S. Denison Pamphlet, 1938.

"So Gracious is the Time." In One Act Play Magazine (June-July 1938).

"Story Told in Indiana." Copyrighted material deposited 1939, 1944.

"Summer Comes to Diamond O" with Robert Finch. In Best One-Act Plays of 1940. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1941; New York: Dramatists Play Service Pamphlet, 1939. made into a motion picture "The Grass is Always Greener," a Warner Bros. short subject, 1949.

"They Released Barabbas" with Jay Sigmund. Franklin, OH: Eldridge Entertainment House Pamphlet, 1939.

"To Jenny with Love" with Robert Finch. Franklin, OH: Eldridge Entertainment House Pamphlet, 1941.

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" with George Abbott. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1951.

"Trees of His Father" with Jay Sigmund. New York: Samuel French Pamphlet, 1937.

"Vine Leaves" with Jay Sigmund. New York: Samuel French Pamphlet, 1937.

"Western Ghost Town" with Robert Finch. Chicago: T.S. Denison Pamphlet, 1938.

"Western Night" with Robert Finch. In Betty Smith, ed. 20 Prize Winning Non-Royalty One-Act Plays. New York: Greenberg, 1943; New York: Dramatists Play Service Pamphlet, 1939.

"West from the Panhandle" with Clemon White. In Frederick H. Koch, ed. American Folk Plays. New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1939; One Act Play Magazine (Feb 1939).

"Wives-in-Law." In Kenneth Thorpe Rowe, ed. University of Michigan Plays. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1930.

"Youth Takes Over; or, When a Man's Sixteen" with Robert Finch. New York: Samuel French Pamphlet, 1939.


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