Paul Goodman

Paul Goodman was not only a poet, but also a great intellectual mind and was also an established sociologist. His most significant work is the sociological book Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society (1960).

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A native of New York City, Paul Goodman was immersed in city life from birth and completed his Ph.D. in literature at the University of Chicago. Writing essays, short stories and poetry prolifically, Goodman did not publish his first novel until 1942 (The Grand Piano).

Goodman’s great success came with Growing Up Absurd in 1960, and he became one of the seven founding members of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy. His radical political views and pacifism made him popular with the student generation in the 1960s.

–Christie Finn

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Growing Up Absurd

By Paul Goodman



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14 Songs on American Poetry

Composer(s): Ned Rorem

Song(s): As Adam Early in the Morning (Walt Whitman)
Early in the Morning (Robert Hillyer)
I am Rose (Gertrude Stein)
Memory (Theodore Roethke)
My Papa's Waltz (Theodore Roethke)
Night Crow (Theodore Roethke)
O You Whom I Often and Silently Come (Walt Whitman)
Root Cellar (Theodore Roethke)
Sally's Smile (Paul Goodman)
See How They Love Me (Howard Moss)
Snake (Theodore Roethke)
Such Beauty As Hurts to Behold (Paul Goodman)
The Waking (Theodore Roethke)
Youth, Day, Old Age, and Night (Walt Whitman)

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Composer(s): Ned Rorem

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Evidence of Things Not Seen

Composer(s): Ned Rorem

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