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Herbert Gold, American author. Recipient award for best novel Commonwealth Club, 1982; Fulbright fellow, 1950-1951; Hudson Review fellow, 1956; Guggenheim fellow, 1957; Ford Foundation grantee, 1960; recipient award American Institute Arts and Letters, 1957, Longview award, 1959, Sherwood Anderson prize for fiction, 1989, Pushcart prize, 2007, Josephine Miles Literary award, 2009.


Gold was born in Cleveland, Ohio in a Russian Jewish family, and raised in Lakewood, a community he was later to memorialize in his first book, Birth of a Hero, published in 1951 by Viking Press.


Bachelor, Columbia, 1948. Master of Arts, Columbia, 1949. Postgraduate, University Paris, France, 1951.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Baruch College of City University of New York, 1988.


He moved to New York City at age 17 after several of his poems had been accepted by New York literary magazines. After that, he moved around as he wrote, traveling to Haiti and Detroit, and hitchhiking all over the United States. They later divorced, and he finally settled in San Francisco, where he became an important fixture in the literary scene.

In 1958 Gold taught English Literature at Cornell University, as Vladimir Nabokov's temporary successor. Genesis West (Vol 6), was published in the Winter of 1964 with an interview of Herbert Gold by Gordon Lish.


  • Gold won a Fulbright Scholarship and moved to Paris, where he finished his first novel.



Married Edith Zubrin, April 1, 1948 (divorced 1956). Children: Ann, Judy; Married Melissa Dilworth, January 26, 1968 (divorced 1975). Children– Nina, Ari, Ethan.

Samuel Gold

Frieda (Frankel) Gold

Edith Zubrin

Melissa Dilworth

Judy Gold

Ari Gold

Nina Gold

Ethan Gold

Ann Gold