Thursday, March 25, 2010

New Book: My Life with Charlie Brown

While best known as the creator of Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000) left behind scores of great nonfiction writing about his craft, America, religion, the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, and of course Charlie Brown. Despite his chosen profession as a cartoonist, Schulz was a thoughtful and precise prose writer who knew how to explain his craft in clear and engaging ways.

Along with 25 b&w illustrations, My Life with Charlie Brown brings together his major prose writings, many published here for the first time.

Edited and with an introduction by comics scholar M. Thomas Inge, this volume will serve as the touchstone for Schulz's thoughts and convictions and as a wide-ranging, unique autobiography in the absence of a traditional, extended memoir.

With the official approval and cooperation of the Schulz family, Inge draws on the cartoonist’s estate, archives, papers, and correspondence to collect the comprehensive nonfiction output of the cartoonist. The project includes newspaper articles about the creation of his characters, comics criticism, introductions to bound Peanuts volumes, essays about his philanthropy, his commentary on Christianity, and other pieces.

My Life with Charlie Brown is available now from UPM.

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