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Judith Viorst (Stahl)

Current Location:: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Birthplace: Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Martin Leonard Stahl and Ruth June Ehrenkranz
Wife of Milton Viorst
Mother of Alexander Noah Viorst; Anthony Jacob Viorst and Nicholas Nathan "Nick" Viorst
Sister of Lois Stahl

Occupation: uthor, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher, writer of children's books and other publications
Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About Judith Viorst

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Judith Viorst (born February 3, 1931) is an American author, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher.[1] 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, which includes Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (1972), which has sold over two million copies.

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, she became a research graduate at Washington Psychoanalytic Institute after six years of study.

Viorst lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, political writer Milton Viorst. They have three grown sons: Anthony Jacob Viorst, an attorney practicing in the Denver, Colorado, area; Nicholas Nathan "Nick" Viorst, an Assistant District Attorney for New York County, and Alexander Noah Viorst, who finances affordable apartment properties around the country.[4]

She received the 2011 Foremother Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Research Center for Women & Families.[

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Judith Viorst's Timeline

February 3, 1931
Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA
Age 29
Washington, D.C.
Age 32
March 3, 1967
Age 36
Washington Psychoanalytic Institute
writer of children's books and other publications
Newark, New Jersey, United States