an American author, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher. She is perhaps best known for her children's literature, such as The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (about the death of a pet) and the Alexander series of short picture books.
Viorst is a 1952 graduate of the Newark College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. In 1968, Viorst signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War. In the latter part of the 1970s, after two decades of writing for children and adults, she turned to the study of Freudian psychology. In 1981, and after six years of study at Washington ... more »
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Craving that old sweet oneness yet dreading engulfment, wishing to be our mother's and yet be our own, we stormily swing from mood to mood, advancing and retreatingthe quintessential model of tw...Judith Viorst (20th century), U.S. author and poet. Necessary Loses, ch. 3 (1986).
The need to become a separate self is as urgent as the yearning to merge forever. And as long as we, not our mother, initiate parting, and as long as our mother remains reliably there, it seems possib...Judith Viorst (20th century), U.S. author and poet. Necessary Loses, ch. 3 (1986).
Somewhere slightly before or after the close of our second decade, we reach a momentous milestonechildhood's end. We have left a safe place and can't go home again. We have moved into a world wh...Judith Viorst (20th century), U.S. novelist and poet. Necessary Losses, ch. 10 (1986).
''Adolescence involves our nutty-desperate-ecstatic-rash psychological efforts to come to terms with new bodies and outrageous urges.''Judith Viorst (20th century), U.S. novelist and poet. Necessary Losses, ch. 10 (1986).
A normal adolescent is so restless and twitchy and awkward that he can mange to injure his kneenot playing soccer, not playing footballbut by falling off his chair in the middle of French ...Judith Viorst (20th century), U.S. novelist and poet. Necessary Losses, ch. 10 (1986).
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