"Mike Gold and I were reading Tolstoi at the time Rayna (Prohme) stayed with me in New York. He used to make fun of my religious spirit, but he himself was in sympathy with the Christianity expressed by Tolstoi..."---from THE LONG LONELINESS, Harper & Row, 1952.
"To me Gold's work...takes on some Homeric qualities he assimilated from two of his favorite writers, Whitman and Tolstoy. From Tolstoy he learned simplicity, directness, a preternatural clarity of outline."---Dancing in the Dark by Morris Dickstein, published by Norton.