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Paul Goodman

(1911—1972)


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(1911–72),

New York psychoanalyst and author, whose writings include Growing Up Absurd (1960), an intense personal and sociological attack on the “eclectic, sensational,… phony” U.S. culture and its baneful effect on youth; The Community of Scholars (1962) and Compulsory Mis-Education (1964), which criticize contemporary U.S. education; New Reformation (1970), advice to young dissidents; several volumes of poetry, gathered in Collected Poems (1974); plays; novels, including The Grand Piano (1949), The Dead of Spring (1950), and Making Do (1963), experimental in form but setting forth the same nonconformist views as his nonfiction; and literary criticism in The Structure of Literature (1954). He had a great following among youth in the 1960s.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).


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