Here is a short list of the books I've written and edited.

Here is some information for scholars. (I’ve posted this web-page in defense; a crook bought the name and printed dirty pictures, then offered to sell it to me. I bit. In the course of that I learned the web is full of misinformation. This is a corrective.)

Holy the Firm---nonfiction narrative

New York: Harper's Magazine Press, 1974. New paperback edition, Harper Collins, 2013.

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The eighteenth century has been described as “the age of” a number of things: reason, change, enlightenment, and sensibility, to name but a few. Germans described the eighteenth century as a pedagogical age, and this moniker seems particularly apt in the context of both attitudes toward children and the experience of childhood. Educational treatises abounded in the period, and many at least attempted, in the Enlightened spirit of the age, to render the education of children systematic and scientific. In her introduction to Practical Education (1798), Maria Edgeworth hailed the elevation of children’s education to “its proper station in experimental philosophy.”

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Another political philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, was arguably just as influential as Locke on the various discourses of childhood in the latter part of the eighteenth century. His account in Émile (1762) of the “natural” education of the fictional titular character was controversial, considered even irreligious by some critics. The method of education he outlined was also quite impracticable, as it involved the veritable isolation for years of the boy and his tutor in the country, far from the rest of society, where he could learn from nature and for himself. Like Locke, Rousseau was interested in education as a means of producing self-sufficient individuals who would make good citizens in a new society. To become the good adult citizen, however, the child Émile must endure the invasive and constant supervision of his tutor. Further, Rousseau’s model of education and citizenship is only intended for males. Nonetheless, the idea that children were by nature good and were only corrupted by exposure to society became a staple of Romantic thinking.

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In Living by Fiction (1982), I compared surface flatness—then requisite in painting—to attempts to move literature in the same postmodernist direction. I presented my theory about why flattening of character and narrative cannot happen in literature as it did when the visual arts rejected deep space for the picture plane. In the process of writing this book, I talked myself into writing an old-fashioned novel. The result was The Living (1992).

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Mornings Like This---a kind of remade found poetry

“When They Let Them Bleed” was published in Hobart magazine in March 2012. It recalls Goldberg’s childhood experience of watching boxer Duk Koo Kim die in the ring and the emotional impact of that on the scholar’s life.

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Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1988.

Mornings Like This (1995) includes found poems. I took phrases from old books and arranged them into poems, many ironic. Each poem comprises phases from a different book. From a long list I culled from each old book. The poems do not concern the books' topics. A good trick should look hard and be easy. These poems were a bad trick. They look easy and were really hard.

New York: Harper and Row, 1987. Harper Colophon, 1988. Tokyo, 1989. Paris, 1990.

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One day while living on Lummi Island, off Bellingham, Washington, I resolved to write about, and make sense of, whatever happened on the island in the next three days. On the second day an island plane crashed. "Oh no," I thought," "must I deal with this again?" "This" was the problem of pain: Why would an omnipotent, omniscient and merciful God allow natural evil to happen? It took me 14 months full-time to write Holy the Firm (1977), 66 typescript pages. Critic Thomas Mallon imagined that it was written in haste. The New York Times Book Review novelist Frederick Buechner called it "a rare and precious book." Other reviewers wondered if I took hallucinogenic drugs. No.