Writer; author of film and television scripts and books.  Born–January 6, 1942, Jacksonville, Florida.  Parents–Charles Sr. and Margaret Shook Gaines.  Married-Patricia Ellisor, June 20, 1963.  Children– three.  Education:  Attended Washington and Lee University, 1960; B. A. Birmingham-Southern College, 1963; M. F. A., University of Iowa, 1967.  Director of federal Title III Operation Arts program in Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1967-69; Associate Professor of Creative Writing, New England College, Henniker, NH, 1970-76.  Published novels, nonfiction books, filmscripts, scripts for television series, and articles and short stories for periodicals.  Finalist for National Book Award, 1970; Emmy Award, 1976; nominated for annual screen award from the Writers Guild of America, 1976. Alabama Writers Hall of Fame, 2018.


Contemporary Authors online.


Dangler.  Simon and Schuster, 1976.

A Family Place; A Man Returns to the Center of his Life.  Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994.

Leaper:  The Wonderful World of Atlantic Salmon Fishing.  Guilford, 2001.

The Next Valley Over;  An Angler’s Progress.  Crown Publishers, 2000.

Pumping Iron.  Simon and Schuster, 1974.

Stay Hungry.  Doubleday, 1972.

Staying Hard:  The Only Exercise Book You Will Ever Need.  New York:  Kenan Press, 1980.

Survival Games.  Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997.

Yours in Perfect Manhood, Charles Atlas; The Most Effective Fitness Program Ever Devised.  Simon & Schuster, 1982.

Film Scripts;

“Pumping Iron,” adapted from his novel of the same title.  Cinema Five, 1977.

(With Bob Rafelson). “Stay Hungry,” adapted from his novel of the same title.  United Artists, 1976.

“Summer.”  PBS Television, 1980.

Joint Publications;

(With Arnold Schwarzenegger).  Arnold’s Fitness for Kids (three volumes: Ages Birth-5; Ages 6-10; Ages 11-14). Doubleday, 1993.

(With George Butler). Pumping Iron II; The Unprecedented Woman.  Simon & Schuster, 1984.

(With Robert Arnot). Sportselection.  Viking, 1984.

(With Jean-Michel Basquiat and Catherine Lord).  The Theatre of Refusal; Black Art and Mainstream Criticism.  University of California, 1993.

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