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Alison Leslie Gold
Alison Leslie Gold, New York City, 2016
Alison Leslie Gold, New York City, 2016
Born (1945-07-13) July 13, 1945 (age 78)
New York City, U.S.
Notable works
  • Anne Frank Remembered
  • The Clairvoyant
  • The Devil's Mistress

Alison Leslie Gold (born July 13, 1945) is an American author. Her books include Anne Frank Remembered,[1] Clairvoyant: the Imagined Life of Lucia Joyce, The Devil's Mistress, and Memories of Anne Frank. She has written literary fiction as well as books for young people on a wide range of subjects including alcoholic intervention and the Holocaust as experienced by the young.[2][3] Her work has been translated into more than 25 languages.



Gold was born on July 13, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Bayside, Queens.[4][5] She was educated at the University of North Carolina, Mexico City College and the New School for Social Research in New York City. She currently shares her time between New York City and a small island in Greece.[6][7][8]

Gold has three siblings: poet Ted Greenwald,[9] bed-and-breakfast owner Nancy Greenwald[10] and film director Maggie Greenwald. Her son Thor Gold[11] is a film-maker.



Gold's books have been reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others.

Gold has described herself as a "salvager of other people's stories"[12] and is most widely known for her work related to the Holocaust. Her book Anne Frank Remembered was co-written with Miep Gies, the employee of Otto Frank who hid Anne Frank and rescued Anne's diary.[13] Gold similarly worked with Anne Frank's childhood friend Hannah (Hanneli) Goslar to write Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend.[14] On the occasion of the publication of Anne Frank Remembered, Elie Wiesel said of Anne Frank Remembered: "Let us give recognition to Alison Gold. Without her and her talent of persuasion, without her writer's talent, too, this poignant account, vibrating with humanity, would not have been written."[15] Isaac Bashevis Singer commended Ann Frank Remembered as "Beautifully written".[16] Fiet's Vase, Gold's collection of Holocaust survival accounts, was described by one reviewer as having "language as transparent as pure water";[17] according to another reviewer, each story "reads like a miracle, a silver chalice excavated from dust."[18]

Gold's non-Holocaust work has not been as consistently well received. For example, some critics did not like the blend of historical fact and fictional elements in The Clairvoyant, an "imagined history" of the life of Lucia Joyce, the daughter of James Joyce. The Los Angeles Times observed that "so much is fabricated in Clairvoyant that anyone who reads it unaware of the real lives of James and Lucia Joyce will be led far off the mark".[19] However, Irish author Padraic O'Farrell described Clairvoyant as "brilliantly innovative and movingly written".[20] According The Times Literary Supplement, Gold's most recent work, the autobiographical Found and Lost, "captures the rough texture of lived experience in a way that often eludes more straightforward autobiography".[21]




  • The Attic, television film adaptation of Anne Frank Remembered, 1988[22]
  • The Devil’s Mistress, one-woman stage show, 2007
  • Mi Ricordo Anne Frank (“My Friend Anne Frank”), Italian television film adaptation of Memories of Anne Frank, Reflections of a Childhood Friend, 2009
  • Mijn beste vriendin Anne Frank (“My Best Friend Anne Frank”), Dutch film adaptation of Memories of Anne Frank, Reflections of a Childhood Friend, 2021



Adult non-fiction

  • Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped Hide the Frank Family (co-written with Miep Gies), 1987 (Special edition with new material, including new photographs, issued in 2009.) Also translated into 23 languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean
  • Fiet's Vase and Other Stories of Survival, Europe 1939-1945, 2003, also translated into Slovenian
  • Love in the Second Act, True Stories of Romance, Midlife and Beyond, 2006
  • The Potato Eater, 2015 (novella)
  • Found and Lost: Mittens, Miep, and Shovelfuls of Dirt, 2017, ISBN 978-1-910749-59-3

Adult fiction

  • Clairvoyant, the Imagined Life of Lucia Joyce, 1992
  • The Devil's Mistress, the Story of the Woman Who Lived and Died with Hitler, 1997, also translated into Greek, Hungarian and Romanian
  • The Woman Who Brought Matisse Back from the Dead, 2014
  • Not Not a Jew, 2016 (novella)
  • Ransom Notes, 2022

Young adult

  • Memories of Anne Frank, Reflections of a Childhood Friend, 1997, also translated into 22 languages
  • A Special Fate, Chiune Sugihara, Hero of the Holocaust, 2008
  • Elephant in the Living Room (co-written with Darin Elliott), 2014


  1. ^ Blair, Jon (June 8, 1995), Anne Frank Remembered (Documentary, Biography, War), Anne Frank House, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Disney Channel, retrieved November 9, 2021
  2. ^ "Writers, Translators, and Artists of the Center for Writers and Translators | The American University of Paris". www.aup.edu. Archived from the original on September 14, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  3. ^ "Mentors: Alison Leslie Gold - Los Angeles Review of Books". December 28, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  4. ^ Via Newsday. "Story of Anne Frank's life retold by woman who helped hide her", The York Dispatch, May 11, 1987. Accessed May 12, 2023, via Newspapers.com. "Gold who grew up in Bayside, Queens, was working on a TV project about Bergen-Belsen four years ago when she learned about the Gies family and their role in the Frank story"
  5. ^ "Biography - Alison Leslie Gold". www.alisonlesliegold.com. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  6. ^ "hydraecologists: Literary lions and lines of Hydra". hydraseal.blogspot.no. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  7. ^ "Alison Leslie Gold | mediterranean poetry". www.odyssey.pm. May 27, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "Alison Leslie Gold, Kluitman".
  9. ^ "Remembering Ted Greenwald, The Poetry Foundation".[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "The Arbor Bed and Breakfast".
  11. ^ "IMDB Thor Gold". IMDb.
  12. ^ Miller, George (March 7, 2018). "Alison Leslie Gold, 'salvager of other people's stories'". Podularity.
  13. ^ Des Pres, Terrence (May 10, 1987). "Facing Down the Gestapo". The New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend". Publishers Weekly. September 29, 1997. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  15. ^ Wiesel, Elie (April 9, 2015). "From the archives: Elie Wiesel on Anne Frank". Chicago Tribune. Translated by Hauptman, Martha Liptzin. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  16. ^ Quotation published on back cover, first hardcover edition of Anne Frank Remembered, Simon & Schuster, 1987
  17. ^ Quotation published on back cover of first hardcover edition of Fiet's Vase, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2003
  18. ^ Medwick, Cathleen (September 2003). "Fall Fiction". O, Oprah Magazine: 202.
  19. ^ Maddox, Brenda (August 9, 1992). "Messing with History". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  20. ^ O'Farrell, Padraic (July 6, 1991). "Book review". Langford Reader.
  21. ^ Kelley, Stephanie (April 20, 2018). "Book review". The Times Literary Supplement.
  22. ^ Erman, John (April 17, 1988), The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank, retrieved August 31, 2016