An American novelist and dramatist, she actually is most famous on her behalf 1943 work, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Her additional works consist of Tomorrow Will Become Better (1947) and Pleasure each day (1963). She was raised in Brooklyn, NEW YORK, as the child of German immigrants. Her child years experiences deeply affected her popular debut book, A Tree Develops in Brooklyn. She received both a Rockefeller Fellowship and a Dramatists Guild Fellowship. With her 1st spouse, George H.E. Smith, she experienced two daughters. She wedded her second spouse, Joseph Jones, in 1943. Her book, A Tree Develops in Brooklyn, was converted to an attribute film by movie director Elia Kazan.