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Re: GG: Genes & Genius


I was amazed when I read this letter regarding the fact that Herbert's
Gould original name was actually Gold.  I have this book in my collection
*The Life and Times of Joseph Gould* published in Toronto in 1887.  I always
wondered if this Joseph Gould , a politician of  one hundred years ago
was related to our man Glenn.

This man Joseph, was born on the old Gould farm at Uxbridge in 1808.
His father, This goes back to the 18th century sometime changed his
name from Gold to Gould because "gold was the name of a metal
and Gould was the name of a man" according to a Webster's Reader 
at the time.  Not a big GG connection but I was really surprise
to see that name change again.

If there are any Gould or Gold descendents that must have this book,
write and I will let you have it cheap.



On Tue, 18 Feb 1997, Katherine Lee wrote:

> >"In reading Marsden Hartley's [20th century painter] autobiography, Somehow
> >A Past (MIT1996), have found his description of a 6 foot one inch, 200 lb
> >poet friend named Wallace Gould, who was also a child prodigy at the piano.
> >Hmmm, genes being what they are, do you think he's related to your fellow,
> >Glenn Gould?"
> >
> >
> >Any thoughts?
> According to Kevin Bazzana and the late Dr. Peter Ostwald (yes, I'm
> plugging their upcoming books), early concert programmes and other records
> ... Glenn Gould's original family was Gold.  It's true.  His birth
> certificate says "Gold, Glenn Herbert".  His father signed the official
> document with the name, "Russell Herbert Gold".  Why this fact has been
> overlooked in all of the bios, etc. that have been published so far is a
> mystery.  It's possible that because Bert Gould was a furrier, and because
> there was a great deal anti-Semitism, especially before and during the time
> Glenn was growing up, that the family decided it was better to try to avoid
> possible discrimination.  As to whether or not Glenn Gould's paternal
> ancestry actually was Jewish ... there's no real evidence to prove or
> disprove this.  Apparently, Glenn was never circumcised.  And Glenn's
> grandfather, Thomas G. Gold, taught Sunday School in the Methodist Church,
> and was himself the son of a Methodist minister, while the Gould family
> itself attended the United Church of Canada.
> Perhaps this raises even more questions ...
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