First printing of the classic coming-of-age story — a great copy, much nicer than typically seen.
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
"No other novel set in or about Brooklyn has been so inextricably linked to the borough." – Martha Nadell
Little Francie, growing up in a poverty-stricken white immigrant neighborhood amid alcoholism and family conflict, captured the determination that many in the 1940s could relate to — and she was especially popular with the armed forces in the middle of World War II, as one soldier's words convey: "I guess that's one of the freedoms we're fighting for in this bitter war, the freedom that will assure the Francies of the world the same opportunities and privileges (or BETTER!) that millions of us have capitalized in our great country" (quoted in Fumagalli et al.). The book dominated the popular image of Brooklyn in the 20th century and remains iconic, even appearing in Jay-Z lyrics.
Read more: Peacock, Brooklyn Fictions; Nadell, "Writing Brooklyn," in Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York; Fumagalli et al., Surveying the American Tropics: A Literary Geography from New York to Rio.
First edition. New York: Harper & Brothers, (1943). 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original green cloth, printed paper spine label. In original unclipped ($2.75) black pictorial dust jacket. Fore-edge machine deckle. , 443,  pages. Book with slight spine lean, trace wear, else fine. Jacket with light wear and a few shallow closed tears with small tape repairs on verso.
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