Literary Techniques

Looking for Mr. Goodbar begins with the end, the aftermath of the murder. Rossner introduces the murderer, Gary Cooper White, and...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

Looking for Mr. Goodbar, clearly the product of the sexual revolution and burgeoning women's movement of the 1970s, should provoke...

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Social Concerns

Looking for Mr. Goodbar is a novel of its times. It was based on an actual event, the 1973 murder of a school teacher named Roseann...

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(Society and Self, Critical Representations in Literature)

Suggested Readings

Blackwood, Caroline. “Getting It All over With.” Times Literary Supplement, September 12, 1975, 1012.

Fishbein, Leslie. “Looking for Mr. Goodbar: Murder for the Masses.” International Journal of Women’s Studies 3 (1980): 173-182.

Rinzler, Carol E. “Looking for Mr. Goodbar.” The New York Times Book Review, June 8, 1975, 24-25.

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Literary Precedents

Looking for Mr. Goodbar, according to Carol Eisen Rinzler in the New York Times Book Review, might be placed in a number of...

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Related Titles

Looking for Mr. Goodbar, like all of Rossner's novels, deals with the theme of attachments, which was to become the title of the novel...

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Looking for Mr. Goodbar was sold to the movies for $225,000, and the 1977 film starred Diane Keaton and Richard Gere. The screenplay...

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