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Judith Viorst, daughter of a ‘passionate reader’ and an accountant, read History at Rutgers University from 1948-52. Her first poems were about a ‘nice Jewish girl from New Jersey trying to live a wicked life in Greenwich Village’ but her main inspiration was marriage and motherhood, three sons being born between 1961 and 1967. Her poems were published inNew Yorkmagazine andNovabefore appearing as It’s Hard to be Hip Over Thirtyand Other Tragedies of Married Life(1968) andPeople & Other Aggravations(1971). She has written ‘hundreds’ of magazine articles, two musicals, a novel, four works of non-fiction and fifteen children’s books, includingAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day(1972) which has sold over two million copies. Her psychoanalytic training led to the bestsellingNecessary Losses(1986). Judith Viorst lives with her husband in Washington, DC and has completed an eighth book of poems,I’m Too Young to be Seventy.
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