Maxine Kumin (June 6, 1925–February 6, 2014) was a poet and author from the United States. In 1981-1982, she was designated Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She was also a MacArthur "Genius" Award winner.
Her book Stone Soup (1970), which won the National Book Award, brought her national recognition. It was followed by two other poetry collections: A Tree Is Nice (1972) and The Living Room Light Is On (1974). A novel, The Bread We Eat (1976), and a book of short stories, The Evening Star (1978), both written with Judith McCarty, further established her reputation as an important voice in American literature.
Kumin was born in Chicago but grew up in Los Angeles. Her parents were Jewish immigrants from Ukraine and Russia. When she was six years old, her family moved to New York City where she lived until she was 18. After graduating from Barnard College with a degree in English literature, Kumin went back home to California. She has lived there ever since, except for a three-year sojourn in France after winning a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Even though she published more than 20 books throughout her career, Kumin said that she did not consider herself a writer but a painter who happened to write poems.
[maks'i: n], [maks'i: n], [m a k s 'i: n] are the correct spellings for the English word "Maxine" (IPA phonetic alphabet). The first two versions of the word come from Max and Susan, names used in their original language of German. The last version comes from a language other than English.
Wagner, John a well-known artist Maxine was designed by John Wagner in 1986 for the Shoebox Greetings card collection. He modeled the persona on his mother, grandmother, and maiden aunts, all of whom assisted in his upbringing. The original illustration featured an older woman with white hair and a black dress but this was changed when it was decided to make her young looking. The design team had a hard time coming up with something new for her so they changed her clothes several times before settling on the orange and purple sweater she's wearing here.
Maxine has been a favorite character of John Wagner's since he created her and she has appeared in many of his books including A Touch of Magic, The Last Dragonlord, and The Iron King among others.
She has also appeared in multiple comic strips including those written by John and his brother Andy as well as their friend Dave Allen.
In addition to being an author and artist John Wagner is also a musician and designer some of whose works are included in the Shoebox Greetings album series such as "A Friend Like You" and "The Boy Who Loved Shrek".
Shoebox Greetings has been producing annual holiday-themed albums since 1990 and they have continued to release new ones even after John died in 1999.
Greatest Maxine is a Latin girl's name that means "greatest." It is Max's feminine form. Greatest Thomas is the masculine form of the name Thomas.
Maxine was used as a first name by the French author George Sand. She called herself Madame Dudevant after taking this name in 1804. Her husband's name was Pierre-Louis Dudevant.
The name has been popular among women since 1960-1969. Before that time it was used mainly by men.
There are many variations of names, some of which are: Mica, Micah, Micheal, Mickey, Maxie, Maxy, Mae, Maeyce, Mawes, Meghan, Mélanie, Megan, Mina, Misty, Neva, Nola, Ola, Ona, Otis, Owen, Pace, Paloma, Paris, Paxton, Payton, Prince, Raine, Raley, Rayne, Regan, Reggie, Ryan, Sade, Sam, Savannah, Sean, Shawn, Sigfried, Simone, Sydney, Taylor, Theodore, Titus, Vashti, Victoria, Walter, Wyatt, and Zachery.
That's Maxine, speaking out for the elderly and bringing a smile to everyone's face. John Wagner, a Hallmark (tm) artist since 1970, designed Maxine in 1986 as a new character line for the Shoebox Greetings (tm) card division. She has been so popular that she now appears on cards sold all over the world.
Maxine was first introduced into the comic book world in an issue of Wendy and Walter Productions' Wendy magazine. It was here that we learned about her love of dancing and how she got her name. The story also revealed some interesting facts about Walter's family life and career as a cartoonist.
Wendy was created by John and his wife, Linda, who are also the artists behind many other famous characters including Dave Anderson, the reporter; Liz Allen, the psychologist; and Susan Strong, the scientist.
Wendy magazine was followed by another successful series called Walter Melon which ran from 1993 to 1995. This series was also created by the same team and told the stories of Walter's son Nicky.
In 2004, Maxine returned with a brand-new series titled Max & Ruby. This series is being written by Ellen Oh and illustrated by Lisa Hanawalt. It tells the story of two best friends who work at the greeting card company where they meet Maxine.
It turns out that those sentences for Maxine were written by a male, one with Arizona ties. Chris Brethwaite began working as a writer for Hallmark in 1987, a year after graduating from Arizona State University and a year after Maxine was conceived by artist John Wagner. Chris was the character's primary writer from 2003 until 2015. He was followed by Sandra Freedman and Nancy Martin.
Brethwaite left Hallmark to pursue other projects but still makes occasional contributions to Maxine's world. His last episode aired in March 2018.
When Chris Brethwaite wrote for Maxine, he used a first-person voice similar to the character's tone. He explained, "I try to write what I would say if I were the character. It's not always easy - because I'm not the character! - but it helps keep me in touch with her feelings."
He added: "I also like writing about real issues in a fun way - like love and loss and marriage and moving home. Those are themes that run through the show, but we also cover other subjects such as religion and politics."
Maxine has been voiced by several actors including Nancy Marchand, who played the role from 1983 to 1990, and Sherry Jackson, who took over in 1990. June Foray provided the voice of Maxine from 1973 to 1982.