He began writing after a brief stint in the Army, and became the author of over 18 novels and non-fiction works. His 1960 memoir The Block, tells of his growing up on New York's Upper West Side. 1978's Citizen Paul is a remembrance of his father, Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper editor Paul Schoenstein. Schoenstein was also the ghostwriter of a number of books for celebrities like Joan Rivers, Ed McMahon, and Bill Cosby (Fatherhood and Time Flies).
He was a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York Daily News, Newsday, and Playboy. In addition to All Things Considered, Schoenstein also provided humorous commentaries for the ABC Evening News and the Today Show. He also wrote several articles for the early issues of the National Lampoon. Schoenstein became friends with the Lampoon editorial staff, who named the Animal House character Donald "Boon" Schoenstein after him.
- The Block (1960)
- With T-Shirts and Beer Mugs For All (1968)
- Citizen Paul: The Story of Father and Son (republished as Superman and Son) (1978)
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