Mitchell Goodman letters to Robert Wilson

Biographical and Historical Notes

Mitchell Goodman

American novelist and political activist Mitchell Goodman was noted for his novels, The End of It, which was an account of World War II, and The Movement toward a New America, which depicted various events of the 1960s.

As an anti-war activist Goodman was arrested in June 1968, along with Dr. Benjamin Spock, the Reverend William Sloane Coffin, Jr., and Michael Ferber. The group was later convicted of conspiring to encourage draft resistance against the Vietnam War. The conviction was overturned on appeal.


"Mitchell Goodman." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). (accessed June 2010).

Robert A. Wilson

The American bibliographer, bookseller, and collector Robert A. Wilson was the third proprietor of the Phoenix Book Shop in New York City. Wilson was also the author of A Bibliography of Denise Levertov, published in 1972.


"Robert A. Wilson Collection" (finding aid). University of Delaware Library, Special Collections. (accessed June 2010).

Scope and Content Note

American novelist Mitchell Goodman wrote these two letters in 1962 to Phoenix Book Shop owner Robert Wilson inquiring about books for his wife, Denise Levertov. In addition to requesting two books, Goodman mentioned Maine and leaving New York in the first letter. The second letter is a brief follow-up regarding the previously requested books.