Paul Goodman (1911-1972), American writer. He was born in New York City on Sept. 9, 1911, and graduated from the City College, New York, in 1931. Although by 1940 he had done most of the work toward a Ph. D. at the University of Chicago, he did not finally take the degree until 1954. Meanwhile, he worked on a 4-volume novel, The Empire City, published in 1959.
In the 1950’s and 1960’s, Goodman wrote plays for the off-Broadway stage, often working with Julian Beck at the Living Theater. His non-fiction work Growing Up Absurd (1960) was his first popular success; indicting the American “establishment,” it made Goodman a spokesman for the New Left. His novel Making Do (1963) was also successful. He died in North Stratford, N. H., on Aug. 2, 1972.