The world of William Steig

by Lorenz, Lee.

Format: Print Book 1998
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor Oversize q NC1429.S583 L67 1998
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor Oversize
Call Number  q NC1429.S583 L67 1998
William Steig, the godfather of New Yorker cartoonists, began his career at the magazine in 1930. After achieving acclaim with his gang of street urchins, affectionately nicknamed the "Small Fry," he branched out, exploring through his drawings the psychological undercurrents in relationships between parent and child, husband and wife, self and society. In such groundbreaking collections as About People (1939), Persistent Faces (1945), and The Agony in the Kindergarten (1950), Steig laid bare the raw insecurities of childhood. In the process, he introduced symbolic art to mainstream audiences and permanently elevated the place of the cartoon in American culture.

Beginning in the 1960s, Steig demonstrated his understanding and awe of children in numerous award-winning picture books, including such classics as Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970 Caldecott Medal), Dominic (1972), Gorky Rises (1980), Doctor De Soto (1982 Newberry Award), and Shrek! (1990)--now a major motion picture. His thirteenth book for children, Pete's a Pizza, was published in 1998.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "There is still some life in the moribund forms of magazine gag cartooning and celebrity caricature, at least in the hands of past masters. A new series, the Essential Cartoonist Library, initially spotlights Booth, whose scribbly eccentrics have become as familiar to recent New Yorker readers as Thurber's dogs were to a previous generation. Booth's familiars are all here--crotchety couples, pixilated old ladies, imperturbable auto mechanics, and deranged dogs (however, the book startlingly reveals that Booth has never owned a dog)--in more than 100 cartoons rendered in his distinctively antic style. A New Yorker mainstay for three decades, Booth's difference from his contemporaries is that, clever as his gags are, his drawings are comical enough to elicit laughter all on their own. Enhancing the cartoons' appeal here is Booth's commentary in an interview with former New Yorker cartoon editor Lee Lorenz. On another plane altogether is the work of Booth's fellow New Yorker contributor, Steig, whose tenure at the magazine began in its golden age. Starting in 1930, Steig at first produced fairly conventional cartoons depicting everything from Fifth Avenue "swells" to the precocious kids of his popular Small Fry series. Gradually, he began concurrently producing what he called his "symbolic" drawings--more adventurous, personal illustrations that prefigured Saul Steinberg's work. In his 60s, Steig began yet a third activity, as a prolific author-illustrator of children's books. This lavish coffee-table tome does justice to his multifaceted, 70-year career. More than 400 black-and-white and color illustrations are accompanied by informative text by his and Booth's old editor, Lorenz. At 95, Hirschfeld is the sole survivor of a golden age of caricature that flourished between the world wars. He has applied his instantly recognizable, looping line to entertainers ranging from burlesque clowns Weber and Fields to the Seinfeld cast. His work began appearing in various New York newspapers in the 1920s, but he has been most closely associated with the New York Times, in which his drawings with the name of his daughter, Nina, hidden in the line work are a Sunday tradition. Here, hundreds of illustrations are wittily annotated by Hirschfeld himself. Times theater critic Mel Gussow affectionately details the artist's glamorous life, and other writers, including Kurt Vonnegut and Arthur Miller, weigh in, too. Any comprehensive overview of Hirschfeld's career is also a visual history of twentieth-century American show business. With previous Hirschfeld collections out of print, this book offers the most convenient way to ensure that this major popular artist is represented in library collections. --Gordon Flagg"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Steig, William, -- 1907-2003 -- Themes, motives.
Human beings -- Caricatures and cartoons.
American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Publisher New York :Artisan,1998
Other Titles William Steig
Contributors Steig, William, 1907-2003.
Language English
Description 207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 203) and index.
ISBN 1885183976
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