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

Writing career

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 1981 she won the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.[2] She published a total of 88 books.[citation needed]

Personal life

Born as Eva 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

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).

Archival materials