Paul Goodman was born in New York City on September 9th, 1911, to Barnett and Augusta Goodman. Barnett Goodman, a businessman, abandoned his family shortly after Paul's birth, and Goodman's mother and older sister raised him. He attended City College of New York and received a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Chicago. Goodman began publishing poems, short stories, and essays shortly after college, but it wasn't until the 1940s that his work began to gain a wide audience. His first novel, The Grand Piano, was published in 1942.
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