Happy (late) 90th, Judith Viorst! (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day)From: LenonaNewsgroups:
Mon, 15 Feb 2021 00:13 UTC
View all headers
Her birthday was on Feb. 2nd.
Born in New Jersey, she has lived in Washington, DC since 1960. Author
of poetry for adults. Also a novelist.
Her best-known book has sold four million copies. It was also filmed by Disney in 2014.
(booklist, awards, and long article about her work)
(interview from 2007)
The young Alexander, however, was not all smiles when he first learned
of his eponymous book those many years ago. Viorst read it to him in
manuscript form when he was four, and he was furious. "Why you giving
me that bad day?" he exclaimed to his mother. "How come Nick doesn't
have a bad day? How come Anthony doesn't have a bad day? Why you
giving me this bad day?" Viorst recalls telling him, "Honey, it isn't
published yet, and we can change the name to Stanley or Walter, but
then your name wouldn't be in great big letters on the front of the
book." After a long silence, he responded, "Keep it Alexander."
(40-minute interview from May 2020, with transcript)
(17 Kirkus reviews)
(some poems of hers)
"Her poetry has been read in performance by Anne Bancroft, Alfred
Lunt, and Lynn Fontaine, Ann Jackson, and Eli Wallach."
Her name shows up three times in the "Ann Landers Encyclopedia" -
twice because of her poems on adultery. "The Other Woman / Never
smells of Ajax or Spaghetti-O...."
There are three other books on Alexander. From one: "They brought a dollar for Nick & a dollar for Anthony & a dollar for me because - Mom says it isn't nice to say this - we like money. A lot. Especially me.")
I wonder how kids react to "Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No
Good, Very Bad Day" in Australia.