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Herbert Gold: Criticism and Reviews

"Herbert Gold -- Belief and Craft" is an article about Gold and his writing by Larry R. Smith, Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Bowling Green State University's Firelands Campus.

Herbert Gold's Bibliography, with links to reviews and articles from the Ohioana Quarterly. Reviews include: The Young Prince and the Magic Cone, The Man Who Was Not With It, Swiftie the Magician, Fathers, Slave Trade, Waiting for Cordelia, He/She, True Love, Mister White Eyes, A Girl of Forty, Dreaming, She Took My Arm As If She Loved Me; the essays: My Last Two Thousand Years, A Walk on the West Side: California on the Brink, Travels in San Francisco, Best Nightmare on Earth: A Life in Haiti, Bohemia: Where Art, Angst, Love and Strong Coffee Meet; and the short story "Love and Like."

Best Nightmare on Earth: A Life in Haiti is reviewed by Connie Gross on the Art of Haiti web site.

Additional criticism and review of Herbert Gold's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

"A Review of Fathers." Critic: Judith Sklar. Commonweal, Vol. 86, No. 17, July 28, 1967, p. 474.

"Fathers really defies criticism, for who, when you get right down to it, can say anything bad about fathers? And especially about good fathers, who give their sons love, education, freedom, money, and the independence of mind to use them? And more especially, about good fathers who are interesting, forthright men in themselves?…"

"A Review of Waiting for Cordelia." Critic: Anne Bernays. Washington Post Book World, May 22, 1977, p. 4.

In her mixed review, "Bernays asserts that while Gold exhibits some of his considerable talents in Waiting for Cordelia, ultimately, the novel fails to deliver."

"A Brazen Hilarity of Modern Heresies." Critic: John Rechy. Los Angeles Times Book Review, December 5, 1982, p. 1.

"This superbly written, defiantly hilarious, insidiously entertaining novel (True Love) deserves all the anger it will draw. Brazenly, it shouts a litany of contemporary heresies in its portrayal of an intelligent, educated man damned if he'll cope with the changing reality of women…"

"A Review of True Love." Critic: Dorothy H. Rochmis. West Coast Review of Books, Vol. 9, No. 1, January, 1983, p. 32.

"… Gold, in his current novel (True Love), offers a demi-hero whose first name is Watkins, a professor at a demi-prominent university, who is coming out of an adulterous love affair with Bethany, wife of a dentist…"

"A Review of Mister White Eyes." Critic: Dorothy H. Rochmis. West Coast Review of Books, Vol. 11, No. 3, May, 1985, p. 32.

"Among the least rewarding of this novelist, Gold's current novel centers on Ralph Merian, a veteran journalist who refers to himself as the V. J. What puts the reader off is the fact that…"

"The Heterosexual Underbelly of the City by the Bay." Critic: Daniel Curzon. Los Angeles Times Book Review, April 17, 1988, p. 2.

In his review, "Curzon argues that although (Herbert Gold's novel) Dreaming begins slowly, the narrative is ultimately rewarding."

"American Dreaming." Critic: David Taylor. American Book Review, Vol. 10, November, 1988, p. 9.

In his review, "Taylor discusses the satirical exploration of the American Dream in The Man Who Was Not with It and Dreaming."

"A Review of 'Best Nightmare on Earth: A Life in Haiti.'" Critic: Alex Raksin. Los Angeles Times Book Review, February 3, 1991, p. 6.

… "'There is no reason for people to go hungry, no reason for children to die, no reason even for young and happy lovers to die.' Given their nation's history of poverty, corruption and violence, it's easy to fathom the Haitians's sorrow, but how to explain their exuberance? …"

"Herbert Gold and Company: American Jewish Writers as Universal Writers." Critic: Daniel Walden. Studies in American Jewish Literature, Vol. 10, No. 2, Fall, 1991, pp. 133-34.

In his essay, Walden discusses Gold's role as an American Jewish writer.

"A Land of Infinite Impossibilities." Critic: Anthony Daniels. Spectator, Vol. 268, No. 8544, April 11, 1992, p. 31.

In his review, "Daniels discusses the allure of Haiti as portrayed in The Best Nightmare on Earth and Ian Thomson's Bonjour Blanc."

"Lifestyles of the Not-Yet Famous." Critic: Bruce Cook. Washington Post Book World, Vol. 23, No. 16, April 18, 1993, p. 3.

In his review, "Cook praises Gold's journalistic style in (his book) Bohemia.

"The Proper Bohemians." Critic: Dan Wakefield. Nation, Vol. 256, No. 20, May 24, 1993, pp. 706-08.

In his review, "Wakefield discusses several highlights of Gold's career, his relationships with various members of the New York literati, and his book Bohemia."

"Feelin' Groovy." Critic: Dick Roraback. Los Angeles Times Book Review, July 4, 1993, p. 11.

In his review, "Roraback explores the characters and civilization portrayed in Bohemia."

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