Herbert Gold Analysis

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Herbert Gold’s memoirs, Blind, Blind Date: Memoir (1980), Travels in San Francisco (1990), Best Nightmare on Earth: A Life in Haiti (1991), and Bohemia: Where Art, Angst, Love, and Strong Coffee Meet (1993), are collections of personal reflections on his life and travels. Gold has also authored nearly two dozen novels, edited collections of short stories, and written the children’s book The Young Prince and the Magic Cone (1973).


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Herbert Gold was a Fulbright fellow at the Sorbonne, University of Paris, in 1950, a Hudson Review fellow in 1956, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow in 1957. In 1954 he received an Inter-American Cultural Relations grant to Haiti. He has also received an Ohioana Book Award, a National Institute of Arts and Letters grant, a Longview Foundation Award, and a Ford Foundation theater fellowship. He received the California Literature Medal in 1968 for Fathers: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir (1967), the Commonwealth Club Award for best novel in 1982 for Family: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir (1981), and the Sherwood Anderson Prize for fiction in 1989. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s Bazaar, Atlantic, Esquire, Playboy, Partisan Review, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards.


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Hicks, Granville. “Generations of the Fifties: Malamud, Gold and Updike.” In The Creative Present: Notes on Contemporary American Fiction, edited by Nona Balakian and Charles Simmons. New York: Gordian Press, 1973. A critical essay comparing the work of Bernard Malamud, Herbert Gold, and John Updike.

Hicks, Granville. Literary Horizons: A Quarter Century of American Fiction. New York: New York University Press, 1970. A collection of essays and book reviews of various authors, including Gold.

Tooker, Dan, and Roger Hofheins. Fiction! Interviews with Northern California Novelists. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976. Provides a conversational, noncritical look at Gold’s writing style, habits, and literary influences.

Waldon, Daniel, ed. Herbert Gold and Company: American Jewish Writers as Universal Writers. Studies in American Jewish Literature 10. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1991. A collection of critical essays by various authors discussing Gold’s fiction in terms of his Jewish American background.