Celebrating Judy Blume's Amazing Career Through the Years
Jun 6, 2013
Judy Blume has dared to address the taboos of puberty and nascent sexuality for more than four decades, and she has been a funny and knowing voice for children and adolescents—particularly for girls and young women—doing so.
Despite her prolific career with more than 80 million copies sold in 31 languages, June 6 marks the first time that the best-selling author will see one of her books get the silver screen treatment in theaters! Tiger Eyes, which she originally wrote in 1981, was adapted to the screen in a joint effort with her son, Larry, who also directed.
As Blume continues to make incredible strides in her iconic career, she remains a wonderful role model to any woman who has ever had a little pent up creativity and a whole lot of ambition.
To celebrate her latest feat, MAKERS walks through Judy Blume's career milestones in the gallery above. See where it all began and how she got to where she is today.
Learn how to win a signed copy of Judy Blume's Tiger Eyes.
Judy Blume got married at the age of 21 and had two children soon after. With a mountain of pent up ambition and creativity and nowhere to spend it, she began writing when her children started pre-school. To this day she swears that "writing changed my life...allowed me to soar!"
After two years of nothing but rejection, Blume finally heard some wonderful news. Her first book The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo was published in 1969 marking the beginning of an incredibly fruitful writing career.
While Blume's twenties may have been a dark period for her creatively, the next decade would prove the opposite. Throughout the 1970s Blume wrote some of her most famous titles...
In 1970, Blume's pre-teen novel Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret hit the book stores. The story about a 6th grade girl coping with female pre-teen issues struck a chord with its readers and became a best-seller.
In 1972 came Blume's children's novel Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. It was the first of the beloved "Fudge books," about nine year old Peter and his intolerable brother, Fudge.
1972 also brought the world Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, a children's novel about "Fudge" books' protagonist's rival, Sheila Tubman.
In 1973, Deenie was published, followed by The Pain and the Great One and 1974's Blubber.
After so much success with children and teen literature, Blume took on another genre: adult fiction. Her novel Wifey was published in 1978 and became a best-seller, proving that Blume could successfully venture into different genres.
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Throughout the 1980s, Blume found her work at the center of an organized book banning campaign. In response, she started reaching out to writers, teachers, and librarians also under fire and has since worked tirelessly with the National Coalition Against Censorship to protect the freedom to read.
Among her many accolades, Blume was the recipient of the 2004 Library of Congress Living Legends Award and 2004 National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
In June 2013, Blume's first book to become a movie, Tiger Eyes, hits the theaters! She co-wrote the screenplay with her son, Larry, who also directed the film.
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