Albert Goldman


Biography of Albert Goldman

Albert Harry Goldman (April 15, 1927 – March 28, 1994) was an American professor and author.

Goldman wrote about the culture and personalities of the American music industry both in books and as a contributor to magazines. He is best known for his bestselling book on Lenny Bruce and his controversial biographies of Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

Goldman was born in Dormont, Pennsylvania and raised in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Goldman briefly studied theater at the Carnegie Institute of Technology before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946. Although he did not possess a bachelor's degree, he earned a master's degree in English from the University of Chicago in 1950. While enrolled in the doctoral program at Columbia University, Goldman taught literature courses at the City College of New York. He completed his Ph.D in 1961 with a dissertation on Thomas de Quincey. Goldman argued that de Quincey had plagiarized most of his acclaimed journalism from lesser-known writers; the dissertation was subsequently published by Southern Illinois University Press in 1965. From 1963 to 1972, Goldman was an adjunct associate professor of English at Columbia; among his course offerings was the University's first class on popular culture.

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