Betty Smith
Date of Birth
Dec 15, 1896
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, NY


Betty Smith was one of the most popular novelists of the mid-20th century and one of the few popular novelists of the 1940s whose work is still read. Born Elizabeth Wehner in Brooklyn, NY, in 1996, Smith was the daughter of an Austrian immigrant family. It was while growing up amid the slums of turn-of-the-century Brooklyn that she first started to write poetry and prose, and, at the age of 11,...