Alison Leslie Gold

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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 73)
New York City
Notable works
  • Anne Frank Remembered
  • The Clairvoyant
  • The Devil's Mistress

Alison Leslie Gold is an American author. Her books include Anne Frank Remembered, The Clairvoyant, 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.[1][2] 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 New York City.[3] 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.[4][5][6]

Gold has three siblings: poet Ted Greenwald,[7] bed-and-breakfast owner Nancy Greenwald[8] and film director Maggie Greenwald. Her brother-in-law David Mansfield is a musician and composer. Her son Thor Gold[9] is a film-maker.


Gold has described herself as a "salvager of other people's stories."[10] 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.[11] Gold similarly worked with Anne Frank's childhood friend Hannah (Hanneli) Goslar to write Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend.[12] 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.”[13]

In 1992 Gold published The Clairvoyant, an "imagined history" of the life of Lucia Joyce, the daughter of James Joyce. The book's blend of historical fact with fictional elements was not well received by critics, with the Los Angeles Times observing 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",[14] and Publishers Weekly expressing concern that readers might "wonder about Gold's suggestions of incest and neglect".[15]



  • The Attic, television film adaptation of Anne Frank Remembered, 1988[16]
  • 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


Adult non-fiction[edit]

  • 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
  • Found and Lost: Mittens, Miep, and Shovelfuls of Dirt, 2017, ISBN 978-1-910749-59-3

Adult fiction[edit]

  • 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)

Young adult fiction[edit]

  • Memories of Anne Frank, Reflections of a Childhood Friend, 1997, also translated into 22 languages
  • A Special Fate, Chiune Sugihara, Hero of the Holocaust, 2000
  • Elephant in the Living Room (co-written with Darin Elliott), 2014


  1. ^ "Writers, Translators, and Artists of the Center for Writers and Translators | The American University of Paris". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  2. ^ "Mentors: Alison Leslie Gold - Los Angeles Review of Books". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  3. ^ "Biography - Alison Leslie Gold". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  4. ^ "hydraecologists: Literary lions and lines of Hydra". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  5. ^ "Alison Leslie Gold | mediterranean poetry". Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  6. ^ "Alison Leslie Gold, Kluitman".
  7. ^ "Remembering Ted Greenwald, The Poetry Foundation".
  8. ^ "The Arbor Bed and Breakfast".
  9. ^ "IMDB Thor Gold".
  10. ^ Miller, George (7 March 2018). "Alison Leslie Gold, 'salvager of other people's stories'". Podularity.
  11. ^ Des Pres, Terrence (1987-05-10). "Facing Down the Gestapo". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  12. ^ "Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend". Publishers Weekly. 1997-09-29. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  13. ^ Wiesel, Elie (2015-04-09). "From the archives: Elie Wiesel on Anne Frank". Chicago Tribune. Translated by Hauptman, Martha Liptzin. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  14. ^ Maddox, Brenda (1992-08-09). "Messing with History". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  15. ^ "Clairvoyant: The Imagined Life of Lucia Joyce: A Novel". Publishers Weekly. 1992-06-01. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  16. ^ Erman, John (1988-04-17), The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank, retrieved 2016-08-31

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