Bronx, New York
Veronica Ganz Series
One of Marilyn Sachs's best-known books is Veronica Ganz. “From Peter Wedemeyer's first taunting chant to Veronica Ganz's final (but the first of her life) girl-like giggle, this story of an 11-yearold bully has warmth and reality,” reviewer Peggy Sullivan said. “Several subplots about Veronica's family and divorced parents are skillfully introduced but not resolved. … Marilyn Sachs has here fulfilled the promise of her earlier books.”
Marilyn Stickle Sachs, the daughter of an insurance salesman, grew up in a neighborhood full of children. Sachs has described herself as a thin child, not particularly brave when it came to dealing with neighborhood bullies. She took refuge in the neighborhood library, where she particularly enjoyed the writers of heroic and fantastic tales. She decided at an early age to become a writer.
Sachs attended Hunter College and later Columbia University. She met her husband, Morris Sachs, a sculptor, while in college. They have two children.
“When I graduated from Hunter College in 1949,” Sachs said in a promotional flyer, “I didn't know what to write about. Until I could make up my mind, I took a job as a children's librarian and worked for over ten happy years.” She eventually realized that she wanted to write realistic books using her own childhood as inspiration. “Much of my own background is in all my books, and sometimes, when I write, I feel as if I am visiting old friends.
“One thing you learn as a writer is that you must distance yourself from your own life, or nobody will want to read what you write,” she added. “It's necessary to start off with something that