"A long overdue acknowledgement of Paul Goodman's crucial place in the development of Gestalt therapy. Taylor Stoehr is to be praised for settling many of the questions on the origins of Gestalt therapy as well as explaining much about the sources of Goodman's significant contributions." - Isadore From "Here is the fascinating account of Paul Goodman's quirky, brave, brilliant, and often troubled life and how he fashioned much of Gestalt therapy theory, thinking it out and living it intensely even as he wrote it." - Malcolm Parlett, editor, British Gestalt Journal "It was Paul Goodman's organization and presentation of Gestalt therapy that makes it not only a humane discipline of healing, but a way of living creatively in the modern age." - Joseph Zinker, author, In Search of Good Form "Paul Goodman demanded we acknowledge his being as well as his life actions - a standard appropriate for the moral and ethical dilemmas of today's world. This is must reading for mental health professionals who have an active interest in politics." - Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer "Since Paul Goodman's death, I have entrusted myself to Taylor Stoehr as guide to Goodman the classicist, the anarchist, and the surreptitious teacher of an American generation." - Ivan Illich, philosopher and social historian
About the Author
Taylor Stoehr, professor of English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, is Paul Goodman's literary executor and biographer. In addition to editing over a dozen volumes of Goodman's work, he has written five books and numerous articles on literary figures such as Dickens, Hawthorne, Lawrence, and Thoreau, as well as cultural studies of utopian communities and other "counterculture" experiments of nineteenth-century America.