Paul Goodman (writer)

Paul Goodman (writer)
1911 - 1972
Paul Goodman (writer)  American Writer

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First Name Paul
Last Name Goodman
Birthday 9th September, 1911
Birthplace New York City, New York, United States
Died 2nd August, 1972
Place of Death North Stratford, New Hampshire, United States
Buried Stratford Center Cemetery, Stratford, Coos County, New Hampshire, USA
Build Average
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Salt and Pepper
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Sexuality Straight
Religion Jewish
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
Occupation Text Writer
Occupation Writer
Year(s) Active 1941–1972

Paul Goodman (1911–1972) was an American author and public intellectual best known for his 1960s works of social criticism. Born to a Jewish family in New York City, Goodman was raised by his aunts and sister and attended City College of New York. As an aspiring writer, he wrote and published poems and fiction before attending graduate school in Chicago. He returned to writing in New York City and took sporadic magazine writing and teaching jobs, many of which he lost for his outward bisexuality and World War II draft resistance. Goodman discovered anarchism and wrote for libertarian journals. He became one of the founders of gestalt therapy and took patients through the 1950s while continuing to write prolifically. His 1960 book of social criticism, Growing Up Absurd, established his importance as a mainstream cultural theorist. Goodman became known as "the philosopher of the New Left" and his anarchistic disposition was influential in 1960s counterculture and the free school movement. His celebrity did not endure far beyond his life, but Goodman is remembered for his principles, outré proposals, and vision of human potential.

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