Judy Blume (2098 words)

Leah Phillips (University of Warwick)
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Author, teacher, mentor, tireless opponent of censorship and the guru of girlhood are just a few of the appellatives Judy Blume has acquired over her nearly fifty-year career as a writer for children and young adults. Through the adventures of Margaret, Deenie, Katherine and a host of others, Blume frankly explores racism, religion, family life, menarche, sexuality, body image, and what it means to be a girl while also legitimising and celebrating the interior lives of young girls. Indeed, Judy Blume's role in the lives of girls and women is indelible. With several of her seminal works — Are You There God? It's Me, Margret (1970), Deenie (1973), and Forever (1975) — first appearing in the …

Citation: Phillips, Leah. "Judy Blume". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 July 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14060, accessed 24 October 2021.]

14060 Judy Blume 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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