Gloria Vitanza Basile

Gloria Vitanza Basile (June 29, 1929  – September 29, 2004) was an American novelist and songwriter.

Gloria Vitanza Basile
BornGloria Vitanza
(1929-06-29)June 29, 1929
Westfield, New York
DiedSeptember 29, 2004(2004-09-29) (aged 75)
San Jose, California
EducationSan Jose University
GenreRomantic thriller
Science fiction
Notable worksThe Godson (1976)

She was born in Westfield, New York, in 1929 to Sicilian immigrant parents. She studied at San Jose University and the University of California - Los Angeles. Before she began her writing career, she owned and managed a women's clothing shop.[1][self-published source] She published 13 best-selling novels, mainly romantic thrillers and later science fiction. She also wrote the song, "Ballad of One-Eyed Jacks," for the film, One-Eyed Jacks (1961), starring Marlon Brando.[2]

Her best known novel is The Godson (1976), later renamed House of Lions, about a Mafia family; at the time, this was an unusual topic for women writers.[3] In an interview, Basile said her childhood experiences with prejudice against Sicilians inspired her to research her roots, and resulted in The Godson and another novel, Appassionato (1978), set in post-war Sicily.[1]

She published two novels under the pen name Michaela Morgan.[4]


  • The Godson / House of Lions (1976)
  • Appassionato (1978)
  • The Manipulators Trilogy
    • The Manipulators (1979)
    • Born to Power (1979)
    • Giants in the Shadows (1979)
  • Marco (1980)
  • Francesca (1981)
  • Global 2000 Trilogy
    • Eye of the Eagle (1983)
    • The Jackal Helix (1984)
    • The Sting of the Scorpion (1984)
  • Iago, Phaedra[1]
  • Aurora[1]
  • Bethaynia[1]

As Michaela Morgan:

  • Zanzara (1978)
  • Madelaina (1979)


  1. ^ a b c d e Romano, Anne T. (2010). "Gloria Vitanza Basile (1929- )". Daughters of Italy: The Journey of Italian American Women Writers. Xlibris Corporation. pp. 26–27. ISBN 9781453547823.
  2. ^ "Gloria Vitanza Basile". San Jose Mercury News. October 12, 2004. Archived from the original on September 21, 2017.
  3. ^ LaGumina, Salvatore J.; et al. (2003). The Italian American Experience: An Encyclopedia. Routledge. p. 700. ISBN 9781135583330.
  4. ^ "Books by Gloria Vitanza Basile". Goodreads.