Novelist Gerald Rosen is the award-winning author of seven books, including his latest, Cold Eye, Warm Heart -
A Novelist's Search for Meaning,
a comic, political and philosophical memoir of the counterculture of the Sixties.

Gerald Rosen, Polo Grounds, 1956

Gerald Rosen Gerald "Jerry" Rosen, novelist, retired Sonoma State University professor, jazz buff,
comic wit, sensitive soul, and dear person, died August 13th. After battling chronic leukemia for several
decades, he was ready to leave this planet and went in peace.

Press Democrat obit article here

"In the Sixties, an entire generation went crazy, wouldn't listen to reason, turned to violence,
and almost wrecked our nation. That was the adults."


This is a personal history of the Sixties that reads like a novel, an American success story that
turns into a spiritual journey, a comic and philosophical memoir that challenges the
fundamental beliefs of our culture.
The noted critic Jerome Klinkowitz, author of 23 books, has written:
"This is the best book about the American cultural transformation of the last half of the
twentieth century that has ever been written."
(Mr. Klinkowitz is the person Kurt Vonnegut turned to for advice on his writing.)
In 1964, Jerry Rosen was a company commander in the Army Medics. For a kid from uneducated
parents in the Bronx, he was making a big success in America: a degree in engineering from
Rensselaer, an MBA from Wharton (with honors), the only student at Wharton selected for the
Boeing Executives of the Future Program. So why was he suicidal?
By 1969, he had taken a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in American History and
Literature, was living in Greenwich Village, running a liquor store on the edge of Harlem,
rioting against the war, dropping acid, and studying Eastern philosophy. In 1972, he published
his first novel in New York City, which received a large, favorable review in The New York Times.
By then he was living in a shack in northern California and meditating. He had found a
path with meaning. If you wanted to read one book that was sympathetic, funny, and yet told
the real truth about the Sixties, this would be the book.
Gerald Rosen is the award-winning author of seven books, including the novels Blues For A
Dying Nation, The Carmen Miranda Memorial Flagpole,
and Growing Up Bronx, and the
non-fiction, Zen in the Art of J.D. Salinger.

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Gerald Rosen is a novelist, the author of seven books which he's spoken about at universities
from Lisbon, Bologna, Nijmegen, Amsterdam, and Groningen, to Yale, Columbia, Penn, and
Berkeley etc. His books have been the subject of four European University dissertations. He
holds degrees in Electrical Engineering (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Business and
Economics (Wharton MBA), and American History and Literature (MA, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.)
For 25 years he ran the fiction writing program at California State University, Sonoma, north
of San Francisco. He did not come from educated people. He grew up in The Bronx where the
only professional person he knew was his uncle Lenny, who lived upstairs and was an armed
robber. His uncle was also the local cub scout leader because he was the only man on the block
with free time.
Gerald Rosen now lives in San Francisco with his wife, Marijke Wittkampf of Rotterdam, a
psychiatric nurse. ("When I married Marijke, I obtained what every writer desires: my own
live-in psychiatric nurse.")

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