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Judith Moore

Born: May 15, 1940

Death: May 15, 2006

Birthplace: Stillwater

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Judith Moore

Date of Birth : May 15, 1940
Date of Death : May 15, 2006
Birth Place : Stillwater

Judith Moore was an American author and essayist best known for her 2005 book Fat Girl: A True Story, published by Hudson Street Press. Moore was born in Oklahoma in 1940 and claimed to have become an obese child, weighing 112 pounds by second grade; Fat Girl is a memoir of her childhood. She moved to Florida as a teenager and graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She married and divorced twice, having two daughters. For much of her adult life she lived in Berkeley, California. While living there in the early 1980s she began to submit freelance book reviews and essays to weekly newspapers in the area, most frequently to the East Bay Express. She collected these pieces and published them in 1987 as The Left Coast of Paradise: California and the American Heart. The book included interviews with Herbert Marcuse and novelist Leonard Michaels. Moore published a second book, Never Eat Your Heart Out in 1998. This book was about the relationship between food and her life. From the mid-1980s onward she wrote mostly for San Diego Reader, a weekly publication where she sometimes served not uncontroversially as editor.


  • Writer

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
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