Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1931, Judith Viorst is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, for children as well as adults. She attended Rutgers University.
She is the author of a series of poetry books related to aging that include Unexpectedly Eighty:And Other Adaptations (Free Press, 2010) and When Did I Stop Being Twenty and Other Injustices: Selected Poems from Single to Mid-Life (Simon & Schuster, 1987). She is also the author of Murdering Mr. Monti (1994) and Necessary Losses (1986), which appeared on The New York Times best-seller list in hardcover and paperback for almost two years. Her children's books include The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (1971), The Alphabet From Z to A (1994), and the "Alexander" stories: Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday (1978); Alexander, Who's Not (Do Your Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move (1995); and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (1972).
A graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, she is the recipient of various awards for her journalism and psychological writings. Judith Viorst lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, political writer Milton Viorst.