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Birth of "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" author, Joanne Greenberg

September 24, 1932
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Joanne Greenberg's bestselling I Never Promised You a Rose Garden offered a semi-autobiographical account of a young teenage girl's struggle with mental illness and the psychoanalytic treatment that restores her to the world.

Author Joanne Greenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 24, 1932. Often writing under the pseudonym Hannah Green, Greenberg has written 13 novels and four collections of short stories. Her first book, The King's Persons, published in 1963, focused on the massacre of the Jews of York in 1190 and won an award from the Jewish Book Council of America. Her best-known book, published a year later, was I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. Later developed into a film and a play, the best-selling Rose Garden offered a semi-autobiographical account of a young teenage girl's struggle with mental illness and the psychoanalytic treatment that restores her to the world.

Greenberg is a graduate of American University where she studied English and anthropology. After her husband began working as a vocational rehabilitation counselor with deaf patients, Greenberg became interested in sign language and the deaf. She has since worked to create mental health programs for the deaf in hospitals throughout the country. Her novel In This Sign (1970) provides an intimate look at the life and frustrations of a deaf person living in a hearing world.

Greenberg lives in Colorado, where she teaches a popular course on creative writing at the Colorado School of Mines. She also tutors Latin and Hebrew and is active in the Beth Evergreen congregation. Greenberg continues to write and speak at schools, libraries, and book clubs. Her recent works include Appearances (2006) and Miri, Who Charms (2009).

See also: Children's Literature in the United States; Joanne Greenberg in the Virtual Archive; Freida Fromm-Reichmann in Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia.

Sources: www.narpa.org/greenberg.htm; www.mines.edu/Fac_staff/ senate/ dist_lecture/ greenberg_bio.shtml; www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4271351; pplofthebook.blogspot.com/ 2005/ 01/ kings-persons-by-joanne-greenberg.html.

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