[raw-shahk, -shak]
Roszak, Theodore, 1907-, American sculptor, b. Poland. Commencing his artistic career as a painter, Roszak began in the late 1930s to create constructions in plastics and metal. In the postwar period his style underwent an abrupt change in the direction of irregular and explosive forms, symbolic and fantastic in content. Roszak's Thorn Blossom (Whitney Mus., New York City) and Whaler of Nantucket (1952; Art Inst. of Chicago) are representative examples that carried sculpture toward abstract expressionism.

See study by H. H. Arnason (1956).

Theodore Roszak is professor emeritus of history at California State University, East Bay. He is best known for his 1968 text, The Making of a Counter Culture.


Roszak received his B.A. from UCLA and Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. He taught at Stanford University, the University of British Columbia, and San Francisco State University before joining CalState East Bay (formerly CalState Hayward).


Roszak "first came to public prominence in 1968, with the publication of his The Making of a Counter Culture which chronicled and gave explanation to the European and North American counterculture of the 1960s.

Other books include include Longevity Revolution: As Boomers Become Elders, The Voice of the Earth (Touchstone Books), The Cult of Information, The Gendered Atom: Reflections on the Sexual Psychology of Science, The Voice of the Earth, and Ecopsychology: Healing the Mind, Restoring the Earth. With his wife Betty, he is co-editor of the anthology Masculine/Feminine: Essays on Sexual Mythology and the Liberation of Women.

His fiction includes Flicker (Simon and Schuster and Bantam Books) and the award-winning Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Random House and Bantam Books). His most recent novel, published in 2003, is The Devil and Daniel Silverman.

Awards and honors



  • The Dissenting Academy (1968)
  • The Making of a Counter Culture (1968)
  • Masculine/Feminine: Readings in Sexual Mythology and the Liberation of Women (1969)
  • Where the Wasteland Ends (1972)
  • Sources (1972)
  • Unfinished Animal: The Aquarian Frontier and the Evolution of Consciousness (1975)
  • Person/Planet: The Creative Disintegration of Industrial Society (1979)
  • From Satori to Silicon Valley'' (1986)
  • The Cult of Information (1986)
  • Fool's Cycle/Full Cycle (1988). ISBN 0-931191-07-6.
  • The Voice of the Earth (1992)
  • The Gendered Atom
  • Kanner, Roszak, & Gomes. Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. (1995, ISBN 0-87156-406-8)
  • World Beware! American Triumphalism in an Age of Terror (2006, ISBN 1-897071-02-7)



  • Pontifex (1974)
  • Dreamwatcher
  • Bugs (1981)
  • Flicker (1991)
  • The Devil and Daniel Silverman (2003)
  • The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein


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