Blume, Judy

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Judy Blume
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Name
Blume, Judy Gender: F
Judy Sussmann
born on 12 February 1938 at 21:59 (= 9:59 PM )
Place Elizabeth, New Jersey, 40n40, 74w13
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wilsons
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 23°46' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 02°06 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 18°15'



Biography

American writer of juvenile fiction, a natural-born storyteller. Orphaned by her dad's death when she was young, she attended an all-girl's public high school and studied modern dance and ballet until her junior year at college in 1959. At that time she married a professional man with whom she had two kids. A bored suburbanite, she began to write and sell her short stories.

Her first big hit was in 1970 when she published her third book, "Are You There God? It's me, Margaret." In 1993, she published her 21st book. Her works include "Then Again, Maybe I Won't," 1971 "Forever," 1976 and "Wifey," 1978, selling, altogether, 65 million copies in 16 different languages. A phenomenon in the publishing world, Blume published her first adult novel in 14 years, "Summer Sisters" in 1998.

Her correspondence is so voluminous that it takes a full-time secretary to take care of it. "Letters to Judy: What Kids Wish They Could Tell You" ranks among her most popular works, a self-help guide for parents who blush at the mere idea of their preteens actually possessing hormones.

For her service to children's literature and to the cause of sexual awareness in general, Blume has been honored by the Authors' Guild Council, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, among others. In 1984, she received the Carl Sandburg Freedom to Read Award from the Chicago Public Library, one of the many library groups to single out her contributions to literature. For millions of 8-to-12-year old readers, especially girls, the first books they sit down and read cover-to-cover, for pleasure, are Blume's.

Her detractors are present of course, those who find the subject of adolescent sexuality offensive and inappropriate for young readers. Where books are banned, hers are included in the same list as "Catcher in the Rye." When the Reagan administration ushered in a backlash against the liberal trends of the '60s, the attacks intensified, and again peaked at the time of Newt Gingrich's rhetoric in 1994.

When her first marriage ended in divorce in the mid-'70s Blume moved to England and then to Santa Fe, NM, where she lived for several years. She was married for a second time on 5/08/1976, to writer George Cooper, 39. They live in Key West and on Martha's Vineyard where Blume loves to kayak on Lake Tashmoo, an admitted fair-weather sailor.

For philanthropic involvement, she is the founder of the Kids Fund, an educational foundation that underwrites a spectrum of services and organizations geared toward kids.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1971 (Then Again, Maybe I Won't)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1976 (Forever)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1978 (Wifey)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1993 (21st book)

Source Notes

B.C. in hand from the Wilsons. Same in Gauquelin Book of American Charts

Categories

  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Second marriage in 1976)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Founder of Kid's Fund)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Outdoors (Kayaker)
  • Vocation : Writers : Children's literature (Children's literature)

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