de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
University Libraries
University of Southern Mississippi


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6.40 cu.ft. (27 boxes)

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Materials received from Sandy Asher between 1981 and 1993.


Noncirculating; available for research.


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Biographical Sketch

Sandra Fenichel Asher was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 16, 1942. As a child, she knew she wanted to do three things: dance, act, and write. Dance lessons began at the age of four and a half, and Asher continues to study various forms of dance. She also began acting in school plays at the age of six and continued to play parts in amateur productions as she grew older. While still in college she decided against a career as a professional dancer, though she continued to act in minor productions until after her marriage in 1965. Asher wrote plays from the time she was in grade school and as a senior in high school wrote, directed and narrated her own production.

Asher received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in 1964 and married professor Harvey Asher the following year. Before she became a suc- cessful author she worked as a scriptwriter for a radio station, an advertising copywriter, and a drama critic for the Bloomington Spectator. Her first serious attempt at a novel was Daughters of the Law (1980), which she began in 1969. While still working on this novel she wrote Summer Begins (1980), her first published fiction. She has since written other novels for young adults as well as fiction for elementary level readers. Her nonfiction works Where Do You Get Your Ideas? (1987) and Wild Words! (1989) help teach young potential authors about creative writing. In addition to her books, Asher has also written numerous plays and has contributed dozens of poems, stories and articles to magazines such as Writer's Digest, Humpty Humpty's Magazine, and Parents Magazine.

In 1984, Asher lived in Springfield, Missouri, where she taught creative writing at Drury College. Her address in 1991 remained the same.