Growing Up Absurd
|Published||1960 (Vintage Books)|
The book was rejected by nineteen publishers before being serialized in Commentary, and was eventually published with the assistance of Norman Podhoretz. The book focuses on the erosion of traditional social institutions as a result of a world dominated by large corporations which fail to provide a meaningful existence to their workers.
Goodman's book has been compared to Herbert Marcuse's Eros and Civilization (1955) and Norman O. Brown's Life Against Death (1959) by social and cultural theorist Todd Dufresne, who notes that its influence can be measured in terms of sales figures: over one hundred thousand copies of Growing Up Absurd were sold in its first few years.
- Dufresne, Todd (2000). Tales from the Freudian Crypt: The Death Drive in Text and Context. Stanford: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-3885-8.
- Podhoretz, Norman (1999). Ex-Friends: Falling out with Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Lillian Helman, Hannah Arendt, and Norman Mailer. New York: The Free Press. ISBN 0-684-85594-1.
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