Merriam, Eve, 1916-1992

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Birth 1916-07-19
Death 1992-04-11

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American author and editor of children's and young adult books.

From the description of Train leaves the station : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685756

American children's author, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1916. Wrote several poetry books and picture books. She is well-known for her book, The inner city Mother Goose, which became a Bradway play.

From the description of Papers, 1962-1975 (bulk: 1965-1968). (University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus). WorldCat record id: 26650139

American author and editor of children's and yound adult poetry and books.

From the description of A word or two with you : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685780

Writer and feminist (University of Pennsylvania, A.B.), Merriam, primarily a poet, was also a playwright, teacher, and lecturer. She won several awards for her work. She and her first husband, Martin Philip Michel, had two sons.

From the description of Additional papers, 1960-1984 (inclusive), 1978-1984 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 542825478

American author and editor of chlidren's and young adult poetry and books.

From the description of Bam zam boom! : a building book : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437212

Writer and feminist (University of Pennsylvania, A.B.), Merriam, primarily a poet, is also a playwright, teacher, and lecturer. She has won awards for her work. She and her first husband, Martin Philip Michel, had two sons.

From the description of Papers, 1930-1984 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122413465

Eve Merriam was born July 19, 1916, in Philadelphia, Penn. She attended Cornell U., and the U. of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia, graduating with an A. B. in 1937. She had two sons, Guy and Dee, with her second husband, Martin Michel. She worked as a copywriter, radio writer, editor, and poet, and began writing children's books in the 1950s. Her first published works for children included biographies of famous Americans such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Emmas Lazarus. It was as a poet for children that she became best known. In 1960 she published A Gaggle of Geese, a picture book that delights in word play and sound, that young children can easily understand and enjoy. She continued to write poetry for the next three decades, imbuing many of her works with her keen observations of the good and bad aspects of contemporary life, including popular culture and the problems she considered crucial to social progress and human life, such as ecology, feminism, racial equality, and an awareness of political realities. Some critics have panned some of these 'serious' works for placing too much emphasis on social issues, and consider her lighter verse her best. Throughout her long career, Merriam used a variety of different literary forms to reach readers and get them to extend their horizons. She also translated other authors' works, and edited anthologies for children and young adults. Eve Merriam died April 11, 1992. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 3, 40, 73 Children's Literature Review, vol. 14

From the guide to the Eve Merriam Papers, 1959-1994, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

American author of children's and young adult poetry and books.

From the description of Small fry : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402242

American author and editor of children's and young adult poetry and books.

From the description of Blackberry ink : poems : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685746

From the description of A poem for a pickle : funnybone verses : prodcution material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402245

From the description of Miss Tibbett's typewriter : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489927

From the description of Halloween A B C : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489921

From the description of Ab to zogg : a lexicon for science-fiction and fantasy readers : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489917

From the description of You be good & I'll be night : jump-on-the-bed poems : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489952

From the description of Independent voices : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489926

From the description of What can you do with a pocket? : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424308

From the description of Don't think about a white bear : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437216

From the description of There is no rhyme for silver : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424338

From the description of Epaminondas : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437230

From the description of The story of Ben Franklin : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437265

From the description of What's in the middle of a riddle? : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424339

From the description of Quiet, please : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424304

From the description of I am a man : ode to Martin Luther King, Jr. : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424307

From the description of A gaggle of geese : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437218

From the description of Unhurry Harry : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437271

From the description of Out loud : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437233

From the description of Daddies at work : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437214

From the description of Good night to Annie : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437221

From the description of Project 1-2-3 : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424342

From the description of The voice of liberty : the story of Emma Lazarus : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437272

From the description of The birthday door : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424296

From the description of Papers, 1959-1994. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437209

From the description of If only I could tell you : poems for young lovers and dreamers : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424309

From the description of Chortles : new and selected wordplay poems : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424298

From the description of Where is everybody? : an animal alphabet : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437274

From the description of A sky full of poems : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424341

From the description of Boys & girls, girls & boys : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424297

From the description of Catch a little rhyme : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437213

From the description of The wise woman and her secret : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424340

From the description of Higgle wiggle : happy rhymes : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489923

From the description of Do you want to see something? : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489918

From the description of Fresh paint : new poems : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489919

From the description of Rainbow writing : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685753

From the description of Fighting words : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685748

From the description of The cat in the box : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685782

From the description of Andy all year round : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685744

From the description of The birthday cow : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685745

From the description of Christmas : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685747

From the description of Male and female under 18 : frank comments from young people about their sex roles today : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685781

From the description of Jamboree : rhymes for all times : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685757

From the description of The singing green : new and selected poems for all seasons : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402269

From the description of Mommies at work : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402276

From the description of 12 ways to get to 11 : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402275

From the description of Finding a poem : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402237

From the description of It doesn't always have to rhyme : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402244

From the description of The little tree : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402239

From the description of Funny town : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489920

Eve Merriam was born Eva Moscovitz in 1916 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Cornell University, transferring after two years to receive her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1937. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University. She was first married to Erwin Edwin Spitzer in 1939. This marriage ended in divorce. In 1947 she married Martin Philip Michel. The couple had two sons, Guy Michel and Dee Andy Michel, and divorced in 1960. During her marriage to Michel it appears Merriam engaged in an affair with Carl Marzani, left-wing political activist turned publisher. In 1963, Merriam married writer Leonard C. Lewin, author of the best seller, The Report from Iron Mountain: On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace. This marriage also ended in divorce in 1980. Following the divorce, Merriam began a relationship with screen writer Waldo Salt. The couple married in 1983, but separated in 1985, maintaining separate residences: Merriam in New York and Salt in California. It appears that the couple continued a romantic relationship after their separation, having kept up an amorous correspondence until Salt's death in 1987.

Early in her career, Merriam worked as a copy writer, fashion editor of Glamour, and conducted a weekly radio show about poetry on WQXR, New York. Her first book of verse, Family Circle, was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Prize. Other books of poetry include The Nixon Poems, The Double Bed, and The Inner City Mother Goose. Although primarily a poet, Merriam was also a playwright, teacher, and lecturer, particularly on the subjects of education, the status of women, and poetry. She wrote satire, fiction, children's books, biographies (including one of Emma Lazarus), and the precedent-setting After Nora Slammed the Doo, one of the early works of second-wave feminist writing. She read her poems on radio, television, in films, and in the theater; and her writings appeared in periodicals abroad and in the New York Times, The Nation, The New Republic, and the Ladies' Home Journal, as well as in many anthologies. Several of her plays were produced off Broadway, including Viva Reviva, The Club, and Inner City (based on her book of poetry The Inner City Mother Goose), renamed Street Dreams: The Inner City Musical in a 1989 revival. Her play Out of Our Father's House, which portrayed prominent American women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was performed at the White House in 1978 and on public television's Great Performances. For several years in the 1960s she taught writing at the City College of New York, and in the 1980s for several years at New York University. Merrriam served as a board or committee member of a number of organizations, including the Dramatists Guild, the Authors League of America, and Very Special Arts, and was a member of the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Merriam died of cancer in 1992.

From the description of Audiovisual collection of Eve Merriam, 1964-1992. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 695671667

Eve Merriam was born Eva Moscovitz in 1916 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Cornell University, transferring after two years to receive her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1937. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University. She was first married to Erwin Edwin Spitzer in 1939. This marriage ended in divorce. In 1947 she married Martin Philip Michel. The couple had two sons, Guy Michel and Dee Andrew Michel, and divorced in 1960. During her marriage to Michel it appears Merriam engaged in an affair with Carl Marzani, left-wing political activist turned publisher. In 1963, Merriam married writer Leonard C. Lewin, author of the best seller, The Report from Iron Mountain: On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace. This marriage also ended in divorce in 1980. Following the divorce, Merriam began a relationship with screen writer Waldo Salt. The couple married in 1983, but separated in 1985, maintaining separate residences: Merriam in New York and Salt in California. It appears that the couple continued a romantic relationship after their separation, having kept up an amorous correspondence until Salt's death in 1987.

Early in her career, Merriam worked as a copy writer, fashion editor of Glamour, and conducted a weekly radio show about poetry on WQXR, New York. Her first book of verse, Family Circle, was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Prize. Other books of poetry include The Nixon Poems, The Double Bed, and The Inner City Mother Goose. Although primarily a poet, Merriam was also a playwright, teacher, and lecturer, particularly on the subjects of education, the status of women, and poetry. She wrote satire, fiction, children's books, biographies (including one of Emma Lazarus), and the precedent-setting After Nora Slammed the Door, one of the early works of second-wave feminist writing. She read her poems on radio, television, in films, and in the theater; and her writings appeared in periodicals abroad and in the New York Times, the Nation, the New Republic, and the Ladies' Home Journal, as well as in many anthologies. Several of her plays were produced off Broadway, including "Viva Reviva," "The Club," and "Inner City" (based on her book of poetry "The Inner City Mother Goose"), renamed "Street Dreams" in a 1989 revival. Her play "Out of Our Father's House," which portrayed prominent American women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was performed at the White House in 1978 and on public television's "Great Performances." For several years in the 1960s she taught writing at the City College of New York, and in the 1980s for several years at New York University. Merrriam served as a board or committee member of a number of organizations, including the Dramatists Guild, the Authors League of America, and Very Special Arts, and was a member of the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Merriam died of cancer in 1992.

From the description of Additional papers of Eve Merriam, ca. 1930-1992. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 680433631

Eve Merriam was born Eva Moscovitz in 1916 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Cornell University, transferring after two years to receive her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1937. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University. She was first married to Erwin Edwin Spitzer in 1939. This marriage ended in divorce. In 1947 she married Martin Philip Michel. The couple had two sons, Guy Michel and Dee Michel, and divorced in 1960. During her marriage to Michel it appears Merriam engaged in an affair with Carl Marzani, left-wing political activist turned publisher. In 1963, Merriam married writer Leonard C. Lewin, author of the best seller, Report from Iron Mountain: On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace . This marriage also ended in divorce in 1980. Following the divorce, Merriam began a relationship with screen writer Waldo Salt. The couple married in 1983, but separated in 1985, maintaining separate residences: Merriam in New York and Salt in California. It appears that the couple continued a romantic relationship after their separation, having kept up an amorous correspondence until Salt's death in 1987.

Early in her career, Merriam worked as a copy writer, fashion editor of Glamour, and conducted a weekly radio show about poetry on WQXR, New York. Her first book of verse, Family Circle, was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Prize. Other books of poetry include The Nixon Poems, The Double Bed, and The Inner City Mother Goose . Although primarily a poet, Merriam was also a playwright, teacher, and lecturer, particularly on the subjects of education, the status of women, and poetry. She wrote satire, fiction, children's books, biographies (including one of Emma Lazarus), and the precedent-setting After Nora Slammed the Door, one of the early works of second-wave feminist writing. She read her poems on radio, television, in films, and in the theater; and her writings appeared in periodicals abroad and in the New York Times, the Nation, the New Republic, and the Ladies' Home Journal, as well as in many anthologies. Several of her plays were produced both on and off Broadway, including Viva Reviva, The Club, and Inner City (based on her book of poetry The Inner City Mother Goose ), renamed Street Dreams in a 1989 revival. Her play Out of Our Father's House, which portrayed prominent American women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was performed at the White House in 1978 and on public television's Great Performances . For several years in the 1960s she taught writing at the City College of New York, and in the 1980s for several years at New York University. Merriam received numerous awards, including the Colliers Star Fiction Award, a CBS grant to write poetic drama for television, the National Council of Teachers Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, and the Obie Award (1977). She also served as a board or committee member of a number of organizations, including the Dramatists Guild, the Authors League of America, and Very Special Arts, and was a member of the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Merriam died of cancer in 1992.

From the guide to the Additional papers of Eve Merriam, ca.1930-1992, (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute)

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