July 19, 1916
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Died||April 11, 1992 (aged 75)|
Manhattan, New York, United States
|Alma mater||Cornell University|
|Children||Dee Michel, Guy Michel|
|Relatives||Jennifer Salt (stepdaughter)|
Eve Merriam (July 19, 1916 – April 11, 1992) was an American poet and writer.
Her book, The Inner City Mother Goose, was described as one of the most banned books of the time. It inspired a 1971 Broadway musical called Inner City, later revived in 1982 under the title Street Dreams. In 1956 she published Emma Lazarus: Woman with a Torch. In 1981 she won the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. One of her books for children is Halloween ABC. She published over 30 books, and taught at both City College and New York University.
Born as Eve Moskovitz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one of four children of Russian immigrants Max Moscovitz and Jennie Siegel. After graduating with an A.B. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1937, Merriam moved to New York to pursue graduate studies at Columbia University. She was married for a time to writer Leonard C. Lewin. She later married screenwriter Waldo Salt and was actress Jennifer Salt's stepmother.
Merriam died on April 11, 1992 in Manhattan from liver cancer.
Core biographical material
- "Eve Merriam, Poet and Author Who Wrote for Children, Is Dead," Bruce Lambert, The New York Times, April 13, 1992.
- Heffer, Helen Ruth Julian. A Checklist of Works by and about Eve Merriam. Master's thesis, University of Maryland, 1980. Includes 84-page biographical essay.
- Copeland, J. S., Speaking of Poets: Interviews with Poets Who Write for Children and Young Adults (1993).
- short biography from Wisconsin Writers' Collection at MITH
- Biography at Jewish Women's Archive
- “Eve Merriam.” In Anne Commire, ed., Something About the Author, vol. 40. Detrolt: Gale Research Co., 1985.
In other works
- Randy Shilts. The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life & Times of Harvey Milk (New York: St. Martins, 1982).
- Kate Weigand. Red Feminism: American Communism and the Making of Women's Liberation (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001).
- Finding Aid for holdings related to Eve Merriam in the University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collection
- Papers, 1840-1978 (inclusive), 1930-1978 (bulk): A Finding Aid.Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
- Additional papers, 1960-1984 (inclusive), 1978-1984 (bulk): A Finding Aid.Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
- Additional papers of Eve Merriam, ca.1930-1992: A Finding Aid.Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
- Audiovisual collection of Eve Merriam, 1964-1992: A Finding Aid.Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
- Biography of Eve Merriam at the Poetry Foundation
- Biography of Eve Merriam at the Academy of American Poets http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/159
- Michel, Dee (March 15, 2011). "My Memories of Inner City". Masterworks Broadway. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
- "Eve Merriam". Masterworks Broadway. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
- Merriam, Eve (1956). Emma Lazarus: Woman with a Torch. New York: Citadel Press. LCCN 56-10276.
- "Author Eve Merriam dead at 75". UPI Archives. April 12, 1992. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
- Lambert, Bruce (April 13, 1992). "Eve Merriam, 75, Poet and Author Who Wrote for Children, Is Dead". New York Times. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
- Green, Carol. "Eve Merriam". Jewish Women's Archive Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 15, 2018.