Judy Blume – US author
Judy Blume is an American author, who writes for children and young adults. Her books have been published in more than 20 languages. Her stories often focus on the emotional and social concerns of suburban adolescents.
Judy Sussman was born on February 12, 1938 in New Jersey into a family of a dentist and a housewife. She has a brother, David, who is five years older. Since childhood, Judy loved to think up stories.
In 1956 she graduated from high school and entered Boston University. In 1961 she graduated from New York University with a degree in education.
Judy began writing when her children went to kindergarten. Her first book The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo was published in 1969. The next decade was very successful – Judy published 13 books. She became famous when her novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret was published in 1970.
Blume writes mainly for children and teenagers.
The writer started the Kids Fund, which encourages parents and children to talk openly with each other.
In 1986 she published non-fiction book, Letters to Judy: What Your Kids Wish They Could Tell You. Blume has also written novels for adults—Wifey (1978) and Summer Sisters (1998).
Postmodern feminist magazines such as Bust, Ben Is Dead have run articles on the impact of Blume and her books on a generation of women.
In 1998 Chicago’s Annoyance Theater staged What Every Girl Should Know . . . An Ode to Judy Blume.
Blume accurately captures the speech, emotions, and private thoughts of children, for whom she has made reading both easy and enjoyable.
She has been married three times. John Blume, an attorney, was her first husband. They have two sons. Thomas Kitchens was her second husband.
George Cooper became her third husband. They have a daughter, Amanda.