Joanne Greenberg

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Joanne Greenberg (born September 24, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American author best known for the bestselling novel I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, written under the pen name of Hannah Green. It was adapted into a 1977 movie and a 2004 play of the same name.

She received the Harry and Ethel Daroff Memorial Fiction Award as well as the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction[1] in 1963 for her novel The King's Persons, which was about the massacre of the Jewish population of York at York Castle in 1190. She was a professor of anthropology at the Colorado School of Mines.[2][3]

Greenberg appears in the 2004 Daniel Mackler documentary Take These Broken Wings, which is about recovering from schizophrenia without the use of psychiatric medication.[4]

Her book, In This Sign, was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie called Love Is Never Silent.

Greenberg was a volunteer EMT.[5]


  • The King's Persons (1963)
  • I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1964)
  • The Monday Voices (1965)
  • Summering: A Book of Short Stories (1966)
  • In This Sign (1970)
  • And Sarah Laughed (1972)
  • Rites of Passage (short stories) (1972)
  • Founder's Praise (1976)
  • High Crimes and Misdemeanors (short stories) (1979)
  • A Season of Delight (1981)
  • The Far Side of Victory (1983)
  • Simple Gifts (1986)
  • Age of Consent (1987)
  • Of Such Small Differences (1988)
  • With The Snow Queen (short stories) (1991)
  • No Reck'ning Made (1993)
  • Where The Road Goes (1998)
  • Appearances (2006)
  • Miri, Who Charms (2009)
  • All I've Done for You (2017)


  1. ^ "Past Winners". Jewish Book Council. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  2. ^ "1995 Distinguished Lecture Series: Joanne Greenberg". Faculty Senate. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  3. ^ "Training 'Geeks' to Write Creatively". Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  4. ^ Take These Broken Wings Daniel Mackler's webpage for the film. Includes several clips and trailers.
  5. ^ Osgood, Kelsey (2014-06-04). "Why We Don't Like Stories in Which the Mentally Ill Heroine Recovers". The New Republic. ISSN 0028-6583. Retrieved 2020-05-19.

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