April 11, 2013
English 3 Honors
Today I am going to explain to you about Judy Blume and her childhood, education, and all of her great achievements. I chose Judy Blume to write my paper on because she is an amazing writer and I was intrigued to learn more about her. She is an inspiration to a lot of people and is very successful.
Judy Blume was born on February 12, 1938 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Her parent’s names are Rudolph Sussman, a dentist, and Esther Sussman. Judy got married to John M. Blume who is an attorney but later got divorced on August 15, 1959. Later on in life Judy married George Cooper who was a writer like her. They got married on June 6th, 1987. From her first marriage she had a daughter named Randy lee, and a son named Lawrence Andrew. She also has a step daughter named Amanda.
When she was little, she and her older brother grew up in a household full of books. Her father nurtured her imagination and her mother encouraged Blume to grow up loving books and reading. In the third grade Blume, her brother, and her mother moved to Florida for two years to help improve her brother’s health. In these years she was separated from her father who was hard on her. To keep herself busy Blume took dance classes and sang at her all girl school in the chorus. She also worked on the school’s newspaper as an editor.
When she graduated high school she went to Boston University for a year until she got very ill and had to drop out. Later on she enrolled at New York University where she graduated in 1961 majoring in early childhood education. Blume met her first husband in her sophomore year of college and they got married her junior year. Soon after she graduated from college she had her first child and two years later had her second. On her breaks from housework Blume decided that she needed an outlet, and she began writing children’s stories illustrating them in crayon.
Her first two books were rejected by magazines but this didn’t stop Blume. “She later enrolled in a New York University class in writing for children and young adults.” (Source 1) . In that class she wrote what became her first publication called, The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo. This book was published in 1969. Blumes third book, “Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret” became a hit. This book was about a twelve year old girl named Margret who attempts to understand her religion and her hitting puberty. This book helped many young girls understand why their bodies are changing and what to expect.
There was a lot of controversy about this book on whether it was appropriate or not but everyone seemed to love it. Some of Blume’s least controversial and more popular series of books were the “fudge” books. This is a series of five books that took her thirty years to write. This series started off with a book called “Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing.” That book was about a young boy peter and his brother fudge that lived in an apartment in Manhattan. The peak of the book is when Fudge swallows his brother’s turtle. “This book became the third bestselling book of all time and sold over 6 million copies.” (Source 1).
The next book Blume wrote in this series was called “Superfudge.” In this book the family is having a new baby sister and causes the two brothers a lot of trouble. This book became her best hardcover edition and won many praises by critics. This book was considered “good clean fun” – Washington Post Book World (Source 1). Continuing the saga, Blume wrote “Fudge-a-Mania” about a reunion with all the characters in a summer house in Maine.
A few years later, to satisfy her grandchild’s wishes, Blume wrote once again in the saga a book called “Doublefudge.” In this book Fudge is starting school and is obsessed with money and learns how to handle it. Publishers Weekly Booklist's, Gillian Newberg commended Blume on her "humor and pitch-perfect ear for...
Citations: 1. Blume, Judy. "Judy Blume." Literature Resource Center. Contemporary Authors Online, 29 4 2009. Web. 1 Apr 2013. .
2. Blume, Judy. ""In Defense of: Are You There God? It 's Me, Margaret, Deenie, and Blubber--Three Novels by Judy Blume"." Literature Resource Center. Contemporary Literary Criticism. Web. 15 Feb 2013. .
3. Blume, Judy. ""Censoring Judy Blume and Then Again, Maybe I Won 't"." Literature Resource Center. N.p.. Web. 1 Apr 2013.
4. Blume, Judy. "Judy Blume: Overview." Literature Resource Center. Contemporary Popular Writers, edited by Dave Mote, St. James Press, 1997. Web. 28 Feb 2013. .
5. Blume, Judy. "Critical Essay on "Forever . . . "." Literature Resource Center. Laura Pryor, Critical Essay on Forever . . ., in Novels for Students, Vol. 24, Thomson Gale, 2007.. Web. 1 Apr 2013. .
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