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Betty Smith was born and raised in Brooklyn, the city which gave her the inspiration to write her novel \"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.\" Her work was selected as Harper's Publishing Company's September Literary Guild in the summer of 1943 and reached publication by August. Before becoming a writer, the mother of two went to the University of Michigan as soon as her children were old enough to go to school. She finished her dramatic education at Yale. She moved to Chapel Hill to write professionally and that is where she wrote her first novel \"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.\"