Joanne Greenberg

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Joanne Greenberg
BornSeptember 24, 1932
Brooklyn, New York
Pen nameHannah Green
OccupationNovelist, professor
CitizenshipUnited States
Period1963 - now
Notable worksI Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1964)
Notable awardsHarry and Ethel Daroff Memorial Fiction Award (1963)
National Jewish Book Award (1963)

Joanne Greenberg (born September 24, 1932, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American author who published some of her work under the pen name of Hannah Green. She was a professor of anthropology at the Colorado School of Mines[1][2] and a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician.[3]

Greenberg is best known for the semi-autobiographical bestselling novel I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1964). 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[4] in 1963 for her debut novel The King's Persons (1963), about the massacre of the Jewish population of York at York Castle in 1190.

Greenberg appears in the Daniel Mackler documentary Take These Broken Wings (2004) about recovering from schizophrenia without the use of psychiatric medication.[5]

Her book In This Sign (1970) was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie titled Love Is Never Silent, aired on NBC in December 1985.


  • 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)
  • Jubilee Year (2019)


  1. ^ "1995 Distinguished Lecture Series: Joanne Greenberg". Faculty Senate. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  2. ^ "Training 'Geeks' to Write Creatively". Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Past Winners". Jewish Book Council. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  5. ^ Take These Broken Wings Daniel Mackler's webpage for the film. Includes several clips and trailers.

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