Eve Merriam

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Eve Merriam
Born Eva Moskovitz
(1916-07-19)July 19, 1916
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died April 11, 1992(1992-04-11) (aged 75)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Occupation Poet
Nationality American
Alma mater Cornell University
Notable awards
Relatives Jennifer Salt (stepdaughter)

Eve Merriam (July 19, 1916 – April 11, 1992) was an American poet and writer.

Writing career[edit]

Merriam's first book was the 1946 Family Circle, which won the Yale Younger Poets Prize.[1]

Her book, The Inner City Mother Goose, was described as one of the most banned books of the time.[2] It inspired a 1971 Broadway musical called Inner City and a 1982 musical production called Street Dreams.[2] In 1956 she published Emma Lazarus: Woman with a Torch.[3] In 1981 she won the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.[2] One of her books for children is Halloween ABC. She published a total of 88 books.[citation needed]

Her play Out of Our Father's House, based on her book Growing Up Female in America, was televised in the Great Performances series in 1978.

Personal life[edit]

Born as Eve Moskovitz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating with an A.B. from the Cornell University 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[edit]

In other works[edit]

  • 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).

Archival materials[edit]


  1. ^ Biography of Eve Merriam at the Poetry Foundation
  2. ^ a b c Biography of Eve Merriam at the Academy of American Poets http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/159
  3. ^ Merriam, Eve (1956). Emma Lazarus: Woman with a Torch. New York: Citadel Press. LCCN 56-10276.