Shep Bibliography
The Works and Career of Jean Shepherd

by Jim Sadur and Joe Berg
Updated 12/6/04

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Special thanks to Pete Delaney and Max Schmid, as well as dozens of other Shep fans who have shared their knowledge.


    I, Libertine. New York, Ballantine Books [c1956] (with Theodore Sturgeon, under the pen name Frederick Ewing)
    The America of George Ade, 1866-1944 (editor, introduction and foreword). New York, Putnam [1960].
    Village Voice Reader. New York : Doubleday, [1962] Daniel Wolf and Edwin Fancher, editors. Jean Shepherd contributor.
    In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash. New York : Doubleday, [1966], paperback [1991]. 264 p. [IGW] Buy It Now
    Think Small (contributed article), Volkswagon, [1967]
    Wanda Hickey's Night Of Golden Memories. [1st ed.] Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, [1971], paperback [1991]. 350 p. [WHN] Buy It Now
    The Ferrari In The Bedroom. New York, Dodd, Mead [1972], 269 p. illus. [FTB]
    T.S., Mac/The Secret Mission of the Blue-Assed Buzzard unpublished, [1972]
    The Phantom of the Open Hearth : a film for television co-ordinated by Leigh Brown / 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, [1978]. 222 p.
    A Fistful of Fig Newtons. 1st ed. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, [1981], paperback [1987]. 265 p. [FFN]
    The New Jersey Restaurant Guide w/ Ruth Alden. Hdl Pub Co. [1989].

Forewords and Introductions


    Into the Unknown, Abbott 5003 (1956 or 1958?)
    The Clown, Charles Mingus, Jean Shepherd narrator, Atlantic 1260 (1957), Atlantic Jazz 7-90142-2 (1984) Buy It Now
    Jean Shepherd And Other Foibles, Electra EKS-172 (1959)
    Will Failure Spoil Jean Shepherd, Electra EKS-195 (1961)
    Jean Shepherd "Live" At The Limelight, Quote Q-4 (1964)
    The Declassified Jean Shepherd, Mercury SRM 1615 (1971)
    Jean Shepherd Reads Poems Of Robert Service, Folkways FL 9754 (1975)
    The American Scene, cassette published by NPR, originally broadcast on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" program, (1983)
    Shepherd's Pie, 7 cassettes, Dorset Audio (1988)

      Slice 1- Red Ryder Nails The Cleveland Street Kid
      Slice 2- Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories And Other Disasters
      Slice 3- Ludlow Kissell and the Dago Bomb That Struck Back / Little Orphan Annie (or The Counterfeit Secret Circle Member)
      Slice 4- Leopold Doppler and the Great Orpheum Gravy Boat Riot
      Slice 5- Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss
      Slice 6- County Fair!
      Slice 7- Scut Farkas and the Murderous Mariah

Magazine Articles

    Audio Magazine

    Crazy Magazine

      #1 (Oct. 1973)

Car and Driver Magazine

"The Ferrari In The Bedroom " [FTB]
"The Drive-In Confessional" [FTB]
"Harold's Super Service" [FTB]
"Marcel Proust Meets the New Jersey Tailgater, and Survives" [FFN]
c. 1971 - "The Morgan Syndrome"

Field & Stream

May 1967 - "Voyage Of The Sea Serpent" Looney look at a fishing boat filled with tourists.
September 1967 - "The 200 Shot Daisy and the Ultimate 'PLINK'"


    July 1966 - "The Great Hero Myth"

Mad Magazine

National Lampoon

    "Great Expectations; or the War of the Worlds" [FTB]
    "S.P.L.A.T." - Vol 1 No 3, June 1970, "Watch your step, ladies and gents, the dog days are here."

New Jersey Bell Magazine

    "The Light At The End Of the Tunnel" - issue number 3, 1980 [FFN]

New Jersey Monthly Magazine

    "Jersey, O Jersey" - March 1985  Two pages of Shep's favorite Jersey things.

The New York Times

    January 19, 1975 - "What Would DiMaggio Have Gotten?" (Shep speculates about the huge (for 1975) contract the Yankees gave Catfish Hunter)

Omni Magazine

    "The Lost Culture of Deli" [FFN] , October 1979


June, 1964 "Hairy Gertz and the 47 Crappies" [IGW]
September, 1964 "Grover Dill and the Tasmanian Devil" [IGW]
December, 1964 "Waldo Grebb and His Electric Baton" [IGW changed to "Wilbur Duckworth. . ."]
February, 1965 Beatles Interview
April, 1965 "Old Man Pulaski and the Infamous Jawbreaker Blackmail" [IGW]
July, 1965 "Ludlow Kissel and the Dago Bomb That Struck Back" [IGW]
October, 1965 "Leopold Doppler and the Orpheum Gravy Boat Riot" [IGW] (K)
August, 1966 "Miss Bryfogel and the Case of the Warbling Cuckold" [IGW] (K)
November, 1966 "Daphne Bigelow and the Spine-Chilling Saga of the Snail-Encrusted Tin-Foil Noose" [WHN]
April, 1967 "Scut Farkas and the Murderous Mariah" [WHN]
September, 1967 "The Secret Mission of the Blue-Assed Buzzard" * (K)
December, 1967 "The Return Of The Smiling Wimpy Doll" [WHN] * (K)
July, 1968 "Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven Of Bliss"
December, 1968 "Banjo Butt Meets Julia Child" * (K)
The chipped-beef eaters of Company K are recruited for a short-order cram course in haute cuisine - and precipitate an epicurean insurrection.
April, 1969 "The Grandstand Passion Play of Delbert and the Bumpus Hounds" [WHN] (K)
June, 1969 "Wanda Hickey's Night Of Golden Memories" [WHN]
Sept, 1969 "County Fair!" [WHN] (K)
January, 1970 "Zinsmeister and the Eighter from Decatur"
December, 1970 "The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski and her Friendly Neighborhood Sex Maniac" [WHN]
September, 1970 "all hail the sovereign duchy of nieuw amsterdanme"
(Caps and spelling are correct.)  Not your regular Shepherd article, "a ringing declaration of independence from the united states of america, its uncouth democracy and its bumpkin booboisie".
May, 1971 "The Unforgettable Exhibition Game of the Giants Versus the Dodgers, Tropical Bush League" * (K)
August, 1971 "The Mole People Battle The Forceds of Darkness" [FFN]
May, 1973 "Lost At C" [FFN] (Illustrated by Kinuko Craft)
August, 1981 "A Fistful of Fig Newtons" [FFN]
? "Duel In The Snow, Or Red Ryder Nails The Cleveland Street Kid" [IGW]

Shep won the Playboy Satire Award in 1966, 1967 & 1969.

(K) illustration by Gordon Kibbee

* The Lost Works

    According to the blurb in the "Playbill" section of the September, 1967 issue of Playboy, "The Secret Mission of the Blue-Assed Buzzard" was to be the opening chapter of "T.S., Mac ," a book about Shepherd's Army days. The December, 1967 issue noted that "T.S., Mac" was being finished as they went to press. In the May, 1971 issue, "Playbill" recorded the Army book as being titled "The Secret Mission of the Blue-Assed Buzzard." According to the blurb, it was "to be published by Doubleday next year [1972]."

    The book of Army stories isn't the only "lost work" that was mentioned in Playboy. Here are some others:

    June, 1964:

      "Shepherd . . . is currently combining acting and writing assignments for a new film, 'The Unholy 13,' . . . and in his very spare time works on a book, 'The Walking Butterfly.'"

    December, 1964:

      "Jean is about to begin work on a film documentary for Louis DeRochemont dealing with teenage social problems. . ."

    February, 1965:

      ". . . a nimble-witted and resourceful broadcast reporter who's tilted verbal lances with such formidable subjects as Malcolm X and Harry S. Truman. . ."

    April, 1965:

      "Shepherd has just finished a play, 'The Nature of the Enemy' (subtitled 'A Love Story in Two Rounds') which will be performed at Manhattan's Limelight Club for presentation on nationwide TV."

P.S. Magazine (Mercury Press)

    Vol. 1 No. 1, 1966 - "Captain Ahab Is Dead; Long Live Bob Dylan, Or, Are the Beatles Really the Andrew Sisters, In Drag?"

    Vol. 1 No. 3, August 1966 - "Triviata Globus"

Reader's Digest

    Early 80's - "Waning Of The Wimps" The decline and fall of wimpy celebrities

Realist Magazine

'73 Amateur Radio

First issue, Shep was friends with Wayne Green, W2NSD/1, the publisher.

Town and Country

    December, 1956

TV Guide

Villiage Voice

    The Night People Column

      "Quo Vadis?" - 8/29/56
      "Jazz it Up, Charlie" - 9/5/56
      "The Arena" - 9/19/56
      "Progress" - 9/26/56
      "The Miracle Ingredient" - 10/3/56
      "Fame" - 10/17/56
      "A True Story" - 10/24/56
      "Protest" 10/31/56
      "Voice From Within A Cocoon" 11/14/56
      "Functional People" - 11/21/56
      "Veni, Vidi, Vidiocy" - 12/5/56
      "Merry Christmas from Little Brother" - 12/19/56
      "That Sort of Night" - 1/16/57
      "Watch it Grow" - 2/13/57
      "Beautiful to Behold" - 5/8/57
      "Take Once Concert, Shake Well" - 6/19/57
      "The Killer" - 7/17/57
      "Shoe, Unshoe" - ?
      "Dig the Folk" - ?

HI-FI Articles

Articles about Jean Shepherd

II. Saga Magazine

    January 1957 - an article about I, Libertine

III.  Other

1. reprinted in "The Village Voice Reader," edited by Daniel Wolf and Edwin Fancher, Doubleday 2. reprinted in "The Writer AS Celebrity," by Maralyn Lois Polak, (c)Evans & Company, 1986

People (September 7, 1977)

    Great photos of Shep & Leigh

Current Biography (1984)

"Endless Streetcar Ride into the Night and the Tinfoil Noose" from (magazine unknown)

Radio Interviews & Appearances

Several of these interviews are available from Max Schmid's Catalog.

(Thanks to Art Silverman, senior NPR producer,  for this section)

Interview and specials on NPR

Nov 24 1971 - Interview on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

Jan 18 1976 - Government Has a Story To Tell by way of WGBH, Boston

June 8 1980 - Clear Channel Radio Stations Under Attack

Jan 12 1981 - Profile of Shepherd by WBEZ

Nov 18 1983 - "Christmas Story" Kid Gets Wish at Xmas

Feb 6 1984 - Beatlemania 20 Years Later (clip)

April 9 1984 - "Jean Shepherd's America" returning to PBS

Regular Commentaries on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

Oct 31 1981 - New Jersey's Fabled Route 22

Nov 1 1981 - New Jersey: The Strange & Provocative

Dec 23 1982 - Movies Today are about Movies, Alas

Dec 30 1982 - Casablanca Was Phony Bologna

Jan 4 1983 - Resolutions: Garbage Can Scavenger

Jan 13 1983 - Remembering the Early Days of TV

Jan 20 1983 - Baseball Fan Has Caught 142 Foul Balls

Jan 27 1983 - TV News Might As Well be Reruns

Feb 3 1983 - Rehearsing for Job as Cop

Feb 10 1983 - Bumper Stickers Irritate Shepherd

Feb 17 1983 - Pickle Lovers Need an Organization

Feb 24 1983 - Slob Appeal: Who Knows Who Bach Is?

March 3 1983 - Spring fever & Spring Training

March 9 1983 - TV Weather: A Creation

March 17 1983 - In memoriam: Arthur Godfrey

March 24 1983 - Compulsive Reading

March 31 1983 - Sports Parents are a Pain

April 14 1983 - Football Spectators Wearing masks

April 21 1983 - Gandhi: Film Bored Shepherd

April 28 1983 - Summer's Coming: Don't Blow it This Year

May 5 1983 - Car Names are no Fun Anymore

May 27 1983 - Shepherd's Favorite Old Radio Shows

June 2 1983 - Relief on the Interstate at HoJos

June 9 1983 - Imagined Cookbooks by Famous Writers

June 16 1983 - White Castle Burgers are Special

June 21 1983 - Tops: Few Know How to Use Them Nowadays

July 4 1983 - Blimp Over Shepherd's House on July 4th

July 11 1983 - Concrete Mexican on Hackensack Lawn

Aug 12 1983 - Marathon Fans Compared to Other Fans

Oct 12 1983 - White Sox Failure is at Least Consistent

Feb 16 1984 - Pogo Tribute

Feb 22 1984 - Personal Lie Detectors

March 2 1984 - Lincoln Zephyr (1941 Car) Advertisement

March 15 1984 - Caddy's Remembrances

May 21 1984 - Portable Stereo Blasts Annoy Others

May 28 1984 - Fly Swatters Have Been Improved

Sept 8 1984 - Cubs Popular Because of Giveaway Days

July 25 1984 - Tropical Storm Aftermath: Sanibel Island

Studs Terkel's "Wax Museum Show" (1/27/66)  In God We Trust Book Tour

Long John Nebel Show (January 1968)   Shep tells the story of the great literary hoax "I, Libertine"

"Teen Book Talk" - WNYC-AM (1971)   Jean discusses Wanda Hickey with a panel of teen reviewers. The adult moderator did an unintentionally funny reading of an excerpt from "Ollie Hopnoodle."

Studs Terkel (2/21/72)   Wanda Hickey book tour

Earle Doud Show - WOR-NY (March 1972)

Martha Deane Show (11/09/72)  Ferrari in the Bedroom book tour

Alex Bennet - WPLJ-NY (12/22/72)

Gene Nelson - KSFO, San Fransisco (c 1972)

Long John Nebel (1/26/73)  Ferrari in the Bedroom book tour 

"Superman" - WMUK-FM, Kalamazoo MI (12/19/73)  Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander and Shep talk about the Superman radio show.

Alex Bennet - WPLJ-NY (9/13/74)

Barry Farber (6/26/75)

Candy Jones Show (with Long John) (2/06/74)

Shep on WNYC 50th Anniversary show (7/08/74)

Barry Farber - WOR-NY (June 1976)  Jean trades Shoe Biz stories with Henny Youngman

WCBS Newsradio 88 (New York) (1977-1978)  Daily short commentaries by Shep.

Larry King (3/10/82)

"The American Scene" NPR (1/20/83)

Ann Ligouri - WFAN-NY (9/27/96)

Ann Ligouri - WFAN-NY (12/20/97)  Phone-in with Shep telling "the Old Man vs. Lou Gehrig" story

Alan Colmes - WEVD-NY (12/15/98)  Interview and Phone-in


American Playhouse - Produced for PBS by WGBH, Boston

        "The Phantom of the Open Hearth" (1976)

          Starring: David Elliot, Barbara Bolton, James Broderick

"The Great American 4th of July and Other Disasters" (1982)

            Starring: Matt Dillon, James Broderick, Barbara Bolton

"The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski" (1983)

Starring: Pete Kowanko, James Coe, Katherine Kamhi, Barbara Bolton

"Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss!" (1989)

Starring: James B. Sikking, Dorothy Lymon, Jerry O'Connell.
Shepherd wrote, narrated, and plays Mr Scott - the Boss!


    "Rear Bumpers" (1969)

      Series of 20 five minute commentaries always shown before WGBH signed off . The prototype for "Jean Shepherd's America"

"Jean Shepherd's America", Series 1 (1971); 13 episodes

  • Florida
  • Trains
  • Steel Mill
  • Flying
  • Mobile Home (Work Ethic)
  • Alaska
  • American Food
  • Maine
  • Little America, Wyoming (the American West)
  • The Turnpike
  • Hawaii
  • Beer
  • The Everglades

"Jean Shepherd's America", Series 2 (1985); 9 episodes

New Jersey Network

    "Shepherd's Pie", Series (1978)

    "Jean Shepherd On Route One...and other thoroughfares" (1983)

Other TV & Video Appearances

    "The Dissenters" (c. 1955) WCAU-TV, Philadelphia

      An interview show sometimes hosted by Shep.

"The Tonight Show" (1956)

    Guest host Ernie Kovacs and Shep clown it up with stories and a bizarre split screen routine

"I've Got A Secret" (c.1960)

    Shep's secret? He's a Kopfspeiler! Shep played "The Shiek of Araby" on his head.

"Today" (1963)

    Jean is a guest co-host for a week

"The Merv Griffin Show" (1965)

"The Tonight Show" (1966)

    Book tour for "In God We Trust" with Johnny Carson. Guests were Victor Borge and Kaye Ballard.   Shepherd came on last and attempted to tell a short version of a story from the book and Victor Borge kept interrupting Shepherd who became noticeably upset. They traded insults (Borge: "You know I wish you'd learn to play the piano," Shepherd: "I wish You'd learn to play the piano!").  Kaye Ballard confused by all of this asked Shepherd if he was trying to raise money for an off-Broadway play.  Shepherd talked about his upcoming appearance for days before and of course never mentioning it afterwards.
    Thanks to Dom Raffio for remembering all this!

"New York Night" WNBC-TV (1968)

    Long John Nebel takes an inspired look at a typical NYC night in 1968. An incredible 14 minute segment has Shep touring the streets of Greenwich Village.

"Helluva Town" WNEW-TV (1969)

    Jean joined host GENE RAYBURN for a tour of Times Square

"The Joe Franklin Show"  WOR-TV,NY  (c. 1969)

    Talking about the never-published "TS, Mac"

"America Inc." WGBH & PBS (1970)

    Comedy-Drama-Satire where a disillusioned British comedian looks for the meaning of life in 1970 USA. Jean has four segments where he delivers unrelated monolouges about American life and plays the jews harp over the closing credits.

"Sesame Street" (1970's)

    Shep is the voice and writer of the 60 second cartoon "COWBOY X".

"Steve Allen" syndicated (c. 1972)

    Allen introduced Shep as "Raconteur and Racketeer".

"The Joe Franklin Show"  WOR-TV,NY  (10/13/72)

"New Year's Eve With Guy Lombardo" (CBS, December 31, 1972)

    Jean appeared in live remotes from TIMES SQUARE before and during the ball drop.

WNET-TV Pledge drive (December 1973)

"Delaware & Raritan Canal" NJ Network (1974)

    Shep narrates this look at the commercial and recreation history of New Jersey's lengthy waterway.

"Wonderama" WNEW-TV Channel 5, New York (3/31/74)

    Shep entertains the kiddies, who don't get it.  Humiliating!  Tells Little Orphan Annie story, then demonstrates Kopfspeiling, while the kids try to figure out how many times he knocks himself in the head for prizes!

"1974 National Spelling Bee Finals" PBS (June 1974)

    Shep did the play-by-play

"The Talkers" WPIX-TV,NY (8/30/74)

"The Tomorrow Show" w/ Tom Snyder (6/06/75)

"Jean Shepherd Live At Clinton" , New Jersey Network (September 1977)

    The only video in existence of a complete Jean Shepherd concert. Why oh why is NJN not releasing on tape or running it again on TV?


    Shep was guest commentator

"Flickers" WGBH (early 1980's)

    British comedy series with new introductions by Jean Shepherd.

"The Chicago White Sox, A Visual History" (1987)

    Official Major League Baseball video - Shep narrates and appears on screen, no writing credit.
    Buy It Now

"Norman Rockwell: An American Portrait" (1994)

"The History of Thanksgiving" - History Channel/A&E Networks (1997)

    Shep talks about Norman Rockwell vs. Reality.

"Christmas Unwrapped" - History Channel/A&E Networks (1997)

"Babe Ruth" - Home Box Office (1998)


      "The Light Fantastic" ; Embassy (1963)

        Directed by: Robert McCarty
        Produced by: Bob Gaffney
        Starring: Dolores McDougal, Barry Bartle and Jean Shepherd
        Comedy/Drama about love and loneliness surrounding a dance studio. Jean plays a dance school instructor who tries to steal his partner's girlfriend but uses the exact same lines to woo the girl as his partner.
        also: "Light Fantastic Original Soundtrack Album" ; Musical Score By Joe Leibman, 20th Century Fox Records  FXG 5016 (1963)

"Lenny Bruce Without Tears" ; Fred Baker Productions (1975)

    Documentary filmed in 1967 as a PBS project but never aired.  Shep appears in a 1964 BBC interview where he condemns Bruce's comedy.   Re-released on video in 1992.
    Buy It Now

"A Christmas Story" ; Christmas Tree Films / MGM (1983)

    Directed by: Bob Clark
    Written by: Jean Shepherd, Bob Clark, Leigh Brown
    Starring: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley, Ian Petrella
    VHS - Buy It Now VHS VHS
    DVD - Buy It Now DVD DVD

"My Summer Story" ; MGM (1994) AKA: "It Runs in the Family"

    Directed by: Bob Clark
    Written by: Jean Shepherd, Bob Clark, Leigh Brown
    Starring: Charles Grodin, Kieran Culkin, Mary Steenburgen, Christian Culkin
    Buy It Now

Voiceovers, Radio & TV Commercials, etc.

    Alfa-Romeo Cars
    Amercian Cancer Society
    American Gas Foundation
    Carvel Ice Cream
    Drakes Cakes
    Greyhound Bus
    Illinois Tool Works
    Land Rover
    Millbrook Bread
    Rheingold Beer
    Sealtest Ice Cream
    Sylvania TV
    Vlasic Pickles

    "Village Sunday"  c. 1960 Documentary info & download
    "The Face Of FuManchu"  1964 Movie
    "A Fine Madness" 1966 Movie
    "Carousel of Progress", G.E. Exhibit/Disneyworld, Florida


Goodman Theatre - Chicago (c.1949)

"Asylum" (1959)

    Closed in previews when the financing ran out

"A Banquet For The Moon" (1961)

"Voice of the Turtle" (1961)

"Destry Rides Again"(July/August 1961)

Performed at the Lambertville, NJ Music Circus

"New Faces Of 1962"

    Co-writer and performer

Concerts & Personal Appearances

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    Limelight Cafe, Greenwich Village, NY (1962 to 1967)
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (1963)
    Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (1966 to 1996) 31 appearances
    Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA (February 3, 1967)
    City College of New York (CCNY) (Spring 1967)
    Fortune Theatre, New York (1968 or 1969)
    Town Hall, NYC (1969, 1970)
    Overseas Press Club, NYC (March 2, 1970) student press conference
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (April 10, 1970)
    Clifton High School, Clifton, NJ (Fall, 1970)
    Valparaiso University, Indiana (1970)
    Newtown High School, Pennsylvania (c.1971 to 1973) 2 appearances
    New York Public Library - Donnell Branch (April 4, 1972)  Jean Shepherd Talks On What Makes A Good Story"
    Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ (April 7, 1972)
    Carnegie Hall, NYC (1971 to 1975)
    Fordham Univerisity, Bronx, NY (1973, 1974)
    The American Place Theater, Manhattan, NY

      "Jean Shepherd Reads George Ade" (December 1974)
      "Jean Shepherd Reads Jean Shepherd" (March 1975)

    Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Park, NJ  (December 5, 1976)
    Dayton Hamvention, Dayton, OH (1979 to 1982)
    National Association of Broadcasters Convention (April 13, 1981)
    Clinton Museum & Historical Society, Clinton, NJ (1981 to 1985)
    Symphony Hall, Boston (1985) Four hours without intermission!
    Summit H.S., Summit, NJ (1986 to 1988)

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