Noah Gordon (novelist)

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Noah Gordon
Noah Gordon introducing his book The Winemaker in Barcelona
Noah Gordon introducing his book The Winemaker in Barcelona
Born (1926-11-11) November 11, 1926 (age 94)
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

Noah Gordon (born November 11, 1926) is an American novelist. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Early life and career[edit]

Gordon was the son of a pawnbroker in Worcester, Massachusetts.[1] He served in the US Army at the end of World War II.[2] He reported for the Worcester Telegram until he was hired by the Boston Herald in 1959.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He had three children with his wife, Lorraine (née Seay).[1]

Works and reception[edit]

Some of the topics covered within his novels include medical history and medical ethics. More recently he has begun to focus more on themes relating to the Inquisition and Jewish cultural history.

Gordon's debut novel, The Rabbi spent 26 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list in 1965.[1] When publishing The Physician, the book was picked up by Random House - Germany, which promoted the book in Europe, where Gordon became a very popular in Spain and Italy.[1][3] His novel The Last Jew won "Que Leer Prize" (Spain) and "Boccaccio Literary Prize" (Italy).

Though Gordon's reception internationally has been quite strong, as of 2015, the Boston Globe described Gordon as relatively unknown in the United States.[1] New York Times writer Carey Goldberg described a similar tension between Gordon's widespread popularity in Germany and relative lack of awareness in the United States in 1996.[3] The reasons for the European success of his novel The Physician were discussed in the Forward [4]

His novel Shaman won the first James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction in 1993.


  • The Rabbi (1965)
  • The Death Committee (1969)
  • The Jerusalem Diamond (1979)
  • The Last Jew (2000)
  • Sam and Other Animal Stories (2002) (children's stories)
  • The Winemaker (2007)

Cole family trilogy[edit]

  1. The Physician (1986)
  2. Shaman (1992)
  3. Matters of Choice (1995)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Maas, Steve (April 7, 2015). "Noah Gordon is widely read and honored — just not here". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  2. ^ Noah Gordon Biography
  3. ^ a b Goldberg, Carey (1996-05-21). "Best-Selling Author, but Not at Home". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  4. ^ Silverstein, Andrew (22 July 2021). "The most phenomenally successful Jewish author you've probably never heard of". The Forward. Retrieved 25 July 2021.

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