Paul Goodman (1911–1972) was an American social critic, psychologist, poet, novelist, and anarchist. His writings appeared in Politics
, Partisan Review
, The New Republic
, The New Leader
, and The New York Review of Books
. He published several well-regarded books in a variety of fields—including city planning, Gestalt therapy, literary criticism, and politics—before Growing Up Absurd
, cancelled by its original publisher and turned down by a number of other presses, was brought out by Random House in 1960.