A Harvard graduate who lived a Bohemian, homeless life on the streets of Greenwich Village in the 1940's. Sometimes known as Professor Seagull because of the way he recited poetry, like a seagull cawing. Author of The Oral History of the World, which he would give in return for $2 donations to the "Joe Gould Fund." Funds would go towards whiskey, beer, and cigarettes, which would help him talk through the night. Armed with the gift of gab, he was turned into a Greenwich Village celebrity by Joseph Mitchell.

His life was dramatized in the movie Joe Gould's Secret, which was directed by Stanley Tucci.