Paul Goodman September 9, — August 2, was an American novelist, playwright, poet, literary critic, and psychotherapist, although now best known as a social critic and anarchist philosopher. Though often thought of as a sociologist, he vehemently denied being one in a presentation in the Experimental College at San Francisco State in , and in fact said he could not read sociology because it was too often lifeless. The author of dozens of books including Growing Up Absurd and The Community of Scholars , Goodman was an activist on the pacifist Left in the s and a frequently cited inspiration to the student movement of that decade.
A lay therapist for a number of years, he was a co-founder of Gestalt therapy in the s and s. His father left the family prior to his birth, making Paul their fourth and last child, after Alice and Percival Their mother worked to support the family as a women's clothes traveling saleswoman , which left Goodman to be raised mostly by his aunts and sister in New York City.
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As a child, Goodman freely roamed the streets and public libraries of his native New York City, experiences which later inspired his radical concept of "the educative city. Goodman attended New York City public schools, where he was a "good student" and came to associate himself with Manhattan.
Goodman performed well in literature and languages during his time at Townsend Harris Hall High School , and graduated first in his class in He graduated with a bachelor's in Goodman wanted to make a career as a writer and so lived with his sister Alice while writing poems, plays, and stories. He did not keep a regular job, but taught drama at a Zionist youth camp during the summers through , and audited Columbia University graduate philosophy classes.
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In , Goodman became a literature and philosophy graduate student at the University of Chicago. He served as a research assistant and part-time instructor before taking his prelims in literature in Goodman was an active bisexual by this part of his life, though he entered a common law marriage with Virginia Miller between and and begat a daughter, Susan, in In , Goodman was removed from his University of Chicago faculty position for issues pertaining to his open bisexuality and affairs with students. In , he published a book of stories as The Facts of Life and appeared in libertarian journals such as politics , Why?
The same year, Goodman started what would become a year common law marriage with Sally Duchsten, a secretary, that would last until his death. Their son, Mathew Ready, was born in In , Goodman began to participate in psychoanalytic therapy and was a popular yet "marginal" figure in New York bohemia. The next year, he published Communitas , a book on urban planning written with his brother Percival, and the academic book Kafka's Prayer. He spent and writing in New York and published The Break-Up of Our Camp , stories from his experience working at summer camp.
In the early s, he continued with his psychoanalytic sessions and began his own occasional practice, which he continued through Goodman taught in Black Mountain College and was dismissed for reasons related to his bisexuality. Throughout the late s, Goodman continued to publish in journals including Commentary , Dissent , Liberation , and The Kenyon Review.
The Living Theatre staged his theatrical work. A comprehensive edition of Goodman's multi-volume novel The Empire City was published in Goodman became famous with his social criticism book Growing Up Absurd , which in turn brought him wealth and academic opportunities.
He purchased a farm outside of North Stratford, New Hampshire , which he used as an occasional home. In , he released his critique of academia The Community of Scholars , and collections of both his poetry The Lordly Hudson and his previous articles Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals. He published his "memoir-novel" Making Do that year, followed by Compulsory Mis-education in and People or Personnel , a treatise on decentralization, in Goodman participated in the s counterculture war protests and draft resistance while continuing to lecture. Students invited him to teach at San Francisco State College in His son, Mathew, died in a mountaineering accident in , which led to a prolonged depression.
Paul's friends claimed that he never recovered from the resulting grief. He taught in London and at the University of Hawaii , and produced a collection of critical broadcasts he had given in Canada as Like a Conquered Province , a set of stories as Adam and His Works , and another poetry book, Hawkweed.
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His health began to fail due to a heart condition, and he died of a heart attack in New Hampshire on August 2, just before his 61st birthday. He was survived by his second wife, Sally, as well as two daughters. Little Prayers and a collection of his poetry that he had been compiling were both published after his death. Goodman was a prolific writer of essays, fiction, plays, and poetry. Anarchy and Christianity Ellul J.
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If that makes sense Goodman explains why this bridge goes nowhere in a political setting of two parties fighting natural society. Imposing selfish fears on those who understand the importance of natural order. One person found this helpful. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Audible Download Audio Books. DPReview Digital Photography.
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