The first sub-series consists of both personal and professional letters written to Goodheart from the 1950s through the 2000s. Correspondents include influential authors and intellectuals such as Saul Bellow, Harold Bloom, Cynthia Ozick, Daniel Bell, and Lionel Trilling. The folder that begins the series contains a list of Goodheart’s correspondents. The series is organized alphabetically.
The second sub-series consists of personal and professional letters exchanged between Goodheart and noted intellectuals including Paul de Man, Michael Lerner, Alan Dershowitz, David Horowitz, William Phillips, and David Hollinger. The majority of these letters were written between the 1980s and the 1990s. This sub-series also includes an undated introduction to Goodheart by the philosopher Robert Nozick, a poem celebrating Goodheart’s fiftieth birthday composed by the editors of Partisan Review, and more recent email correspondence between Goodheart and novelist Leslie Epstein.
The third sub-series contains correspondence related to Goodheart’s academic career and several intellectual controversies in which he was engaged. These include reader reports on his manuscripts, academic freedom controversies during his tenure at Boston University, and a public feud with Frederick Crews over the legacy of Freud. These papers date mostly from the 1970s to the 2000s and are arranged chronologically.