Gold, Herbert, 1924-

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American novelist & essayist.

From the description of Herbert Gold papers, 1951-1981. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 470399985

American novelist, essayist, and editor.

From the description of Papers of Herbert Gold, ca. 1959. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 34567158

American author.

From the description of Letters, 1969-1979, to Robie Macauley [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647814493

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Herbert (Herb) Gold was born on March 9, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Lakewood, a suburb. After graduating high school, Gold served a brief stint in the military then spent a year hitchhiking around the country, taking odd jobs, and writing poems. His parents wanted him to stay in Cleveland and attend college there and then go on to medical school. Instead, he was accepted at Columbia College in New York and studied philosophy. While in New York, Gold fell in with the upcoming Beat Generation and got to know many of the writers who would give the generation its name (including poet Allen Ginsberg, with whom he maintained an on-again, off-again friendship for decades).

Upon winning a Fulbright Scholarship, Gold moved to Paris with his first wife, Edith Zubrin, attending the University of Paris, where he finished his first novel ( Birth of a Hero, published in 1951) that launched his literary career. Gold's marriage to Zubrin ended in divorce (they had two daughters, Ann and Judith). To pay child support Gold became, as he called it, "the writing factory" and wrote regularly for Playboy and its imitators - not always using his real name.

Gold moved around for some time, living in Haiti, Detroit, and hitchhiking around America. His experiences in Haiti (he returned numerous times throughout his career) was to have a profound and lasting impact resulting in works of fiction ( Slave Trade ), non-fiction ( Best Nightmare on Earth ), and numerous essays and articles.

By the mid 1960s, Gold finally settled in San Francisco in time to chronicle the cultural and social upheaval of that era and the city that was a nexus of the counter-culture. Becoming an important fixture in the Bay Area literary scene, Gold's reportage of San Francisco, the mores and manners of its cultural life written with a mixture of love and biting irony, was published in works of fiction and in articles for the press and magazines. In the late 1980s, he wrote a weekly series, Travels in San Francisco, articles about various aspects of the city's life and denizens for the San Francisco Chronicle .

He met his second wife, Melissa Dilworth, just around the time Fathers : A Novel in Form of a Memoir (1966), his most successful novel, was published. He had a daughter and twin boys with Dilworth though this marriage also ended in divorce.

Although Gold has always been continuously linked to bohemian society, given his association with the Beat poets and authors, his Jewish heritage has been another deep abiding concern and influenced his writing as a whole, that of being an "outsider" looking in on a dominant Christian-American society.

From the guide to the Herbert Gold papers, 1942-2011, bulk 1960-1995, (The Bancroft Library)

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Jewish-American novelist Herbert Gold was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 9th, 1924. Gold is the first of five children; his father, Samuel Gold, was a Russian immigrant who struggled to adjust to his life in America. Gold is well known for his novels, short stories, and literary articles, but during his early career he also studied and taught philosophy.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Herbert Gold began writing in elementary school, and later he wrote for the school newspaper at Lakewood High School. Shortly after high school, Gold attended Columbia University to study philosophy, but his education was interrupted from 1942-1946 when he served in the United States Army. After graduating from Columbia in 1946, Gold traveled to Paris to continue his study of philosophy on a Fulbright scholarship; it was during this time that Gold completed his first novel, Birth of a Hero. Gold returned to Cleveland in 1951 to teach philosophy at the Western Reserve University until 1953.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED In addition to over 20 novels, Gold has published numerous short stories and articles that have appeared in both popular and literary magazines. His autobiography, My Last Two Thousand Years, was published in 1972. Gold wrote about his country, his Jewish heritage, and the beat movement; common themes in his work include American identity, power, money, and sex. His works were both praised and ridiculed. Herbert Gold traveled a lot, and lived in Haiti, Detroit, Ohio, and New York. He eventually settled down in San Francisco, where he currently resides. Gold was married twice, and is a father of 5, and a grandfather of 6.

From the guide to the Herbert Gold Papers, 1951-1984., (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Herbert Gold was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924. A novelist, short story writer, and essayist, his writings have frequently focused on themes related to Jewish life in America. His book, "My Last Two Thousand Years" (1972), is autobiographical in nature.

During the 1971-1972 school year, Gold was a visiting professor at Ohio University. His essay, "A Season at Middle-America U" in May 1972 Atlantic Monthly, discusses his time spent here.

From the guide to the Herbert Gold papers, 1969-1972, (Ohio University)

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creatorOf Atlantic (Firm : Boston, Mass.). Records, 1969-1974. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Sipper, Ralph B. Letters, 1973-1996. Indiana University
creatorOf Gold, Herbert, 1924-. Office files of The American Poetry Review, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Dial Press records, 1924-1983 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (Firm). Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill records, 1982-2007 (author abstract D-K). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Cheuse, Alan. Papers of Alan Cheuse, 1974-1989. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992. Postcard, 1984 October 7, Cottage Grove, OR [to] Herb [Gold], San Francisco, Calif. / Kay. Texas Tech University Libraries, Academic Library
creatorOf Kazin, Alfred, 1915-1998. Alfred Kazin collection of papers, 1933-1990 bulk (1933-1978). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Henry, James L. James L. Henry collection of Herbert Gold, ca. 1950-[on-going]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Jacques Barzun Papers, ca.1900-1999. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn James O. Brown Associates Records, 1927-1992. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Elkin, Stanley, 1930-1995. Papers. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn Alfred Kazin collection of papers, 1933-1990, 1933-1978 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Cheuse, Alan. Papers of Alan Cheuse [manuscript], 1983-1991. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gold, Herbert, 1924-. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1953. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn John Hollander Papers, circa 1950-2007 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Halsband, Robert, 1914-. Robert Halsband papers, 1708-1976. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Cheuse, Alan. Papers of Alan Cheuse [manuscript], 1992-1996. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Barzun, Jacques, 1907-. Jacques Barzun papers, ca.1900-1999. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Dial Press. Dial Press records, 1924-1983. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Gold, Herbert, 1924-. Correspondence to Chaim Potok, 1975-1986. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Gold, Herbert, 1924-. The gift of a day; a novel, by Herbert Gold. University of San Francisco, Gleeson Library/Charles and Nancy Geschke Learning Resource Center
creatorOf Herbert Gold papers, 1942-2011, bulk 1960-1995 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Tevis, Walter S. Papers, 1945-1985. Indiana University
referencedIn Guérard, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1914-. Albert J. Guérard papers, 1932-1998. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn James O. Brown Associates. James O. Brown Associates records, 1927-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Gold, Herbert, 1924-. Herbert Gold papers, 1951-1981. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Alexander, Michael, 1920-. Photograph of Herbert Gold, 1969. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Rubin, Louis Decimus, 1923-. Louis Decimus Rubin papers, 1945- (Series 1.1.1 D-H) [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Ozick, Cynthia. Autograph letter signed : [Westchester, N.Y.], to Herbert Gold, 1983 May 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992. Letter, 1974 August 29, San Francisco, Ca. [to] Herb [Gold] / Kay. Texas Tech University Libraries, Academic Library
referencedIn Granville Hicks Papers, 1906-1980 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Herbert Mitgang collection of papers, 1950-1986 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Alan Swallow Papers, 1934-1965 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Herbert Gold papers, 1969-1972 Ohio University
creatorOf Atkinson, Brooks, 1894-1984,. Saturday review book review letters received, 1958-1967 (bulk 1960-1962). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Herbert Gold Papers, 1951-1984. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Elkin, Stanley, 1930-. Papers, 1955-1983. Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf Gold, Herbert, 1924-. Letters, 1969-1979, to Robie Macauley [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992. Letter, 1981 October 9, Cottage Grove, Or. [to] Herb [Gold], San Francisco, Calif. / Kay. Texas Tech University Libraries, Academic Library
creatorOf Henry, James L. James L. Henry materials pertaining to his collection of Herbert Gold, ca. 1950-[on-going]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Cheuse, Alan. Papers of Alan Cheuse [manuscript], 1999-2003. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gold, Herbert, 1924-. Papers, 1969-1971. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Gold, Herbert, 1924-. Herbert Gold papers 1969-1972. Ohio University, Alden Library
referencedIn Abbe, George, 1911-1989. Free lance magazine archives, ca. 1964-1969. Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf Gold, Herbert, 1924-. Love and like : a play in two acts and a prologue : mimeograph copy of typescript, [19--]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Gold, Herbert, 1924-. Papers of Herbert Gold, ca. 1959. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hills, L. Rust. Papers, 1954-1996. Indiana University
creatorOf Mitgang, Herbert. Herbert Mitgang collection of papers, 1967-1975. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Cheuse, Alan. Papers of Alan Cheuse [manuscript], 1991-1992. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cheuse, Alan. Papers of Alan Cheuse [manuscript], 1961-1988. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cheuse, Alan. Papers of Alan Cheuse, [manuscript], 1980-1986, bulk 1983-1986. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Harvey Swados Papers MS 218., 1933-1983, 1936-1972 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
referencedIn RISM Vertical Files, Bulk, 1960-2000, Bulk, 1960-2000 1900-2004 New York University. Archives.
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Davis, Hope Hale. Papers, 1831-1835, 1916-2002 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
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associatedWith Alexander, Michael, 1920- person
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associatedWith Atlantic (Firm : Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
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associatedWith Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992. person
associatedWith Broyard, Anatole. person
associatedWith Brustein, Robert Sanford, 1927- person
associatedWith Burden, Carter, person
associatedWith Carpenter, Don. person
associatedWith Cheuse, Alan. person
associatedWith Connell, Evan S., 1924- person
associatedWith Davis, Hope Hale. person
associatedWith Dial Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Elkin, Stanley, 1930-1995. person
associatedWith Fuller, Blair. person
associatedWith Gold, Melissa Dilworth. person
associatedWith Guérard, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1914- person
associatedWith Hall, Oakley M. person
associatedWith Halsband, Robert, 1914- person
associatedWith Henry, James L. person
associatedWith Hicks, Granville, 1901-1982 person
associatedWith Hills, L. Rust. person
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associatedWith Indiana University, Bloomington. corporateBody
associatedWith James O. Brown Associates. corporateBody
associatedWith Kazin, Alfred, 1915-1998. person
associatedWith Kinnell, Galway, 1927- person
associatedWith Lawrence, Seymour, 1926-1996 person
associatedWith Litwack, Leon F. person
associatedWith Macauley, Pamela Painter. person
associatedWith Macauley, Robie. person
associatedWith McClure, Michael. person
associatedWith Miller, Merle, 1919-1986. person
associatedWith Mitgang, Herbert person
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correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Ozick, Cynthia. person
associatedWith Random House (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Rubin, Louis Decimus, 1923- person
associatedWith San Francisco Historical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Schorer, Mark, 1908-1977. person
associatedWith Sipper, Ralph B. person
associatedWith Squaw Valley Community of Writers. corporateBody
associatedWith Steegmuller, Francis, 1906- person
correspondedWith Swados, Harvey, 1920-1972 person
associatedWith Swallow, Alan, 1915-1966 person
associatedWith Tevis, Walter S. person
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associatedWith University of California, Davis. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972. person
associatedWith Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972 person
associatedWith Zeitman, Jerry. person
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United States
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Novelists, American
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Short stories, American
Novelists, American--20th century
Novelists, American--20th century--Sources
American literature--20th century
Essayists--20th century--Sources
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Authors, American
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Novelists, American
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Birth 1924-03-09

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