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The Peanuts papers : writers and cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the gang, and the meaning of life

Format: Print Book 2019
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Peanuts , Charles Schulz's beloved comic strip, has given the world a cast of characters for the ages--Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Lucy among them. Here, in an unprecedented collection of thirty-two essays, artists and writers ranging from Ann Patchett to Chris Ware consider the deeper truths of Peanuts , its influence on their lives and on the culture more broadly, and the lessons it can teach us about disappointment, melancholy, and those fleeting moments of warm-puppy happiness. The contributors reflect on the experience of discovering Peanuts as a child, their identification with its characters and predicaments, and, for the artists in the book, the momentous effects of their encounters with the strip on their later careers. Taken together, the essays and comics of The Peanuts Papers enrich our understanding of the Peanuts gang and its world, with contributions not only about Charlie Brown and Snoopy but also Linus, Sally, Pigpen, and Peppermint Patty. The Peanuts Papers is an enchanting, poignant gathering of responses to the greatest American comic strip, enabling us to see it anew in fresh and revealing ways.
Good griefs / Adam Gopnik
Yesterday will get better / Ivan Brunetti
Strip mind / George Saunders
It's once upon a time, Charlie Brown! / Bruce Handy
A space for thinking / Nicole Rudick
Why I love Peanuts / Joe Queenan
Nonsense! / Peter D. Kramer
Percy Crosby and Skippy / David Hajdu
On Krazy Kat and Peanuts / Umberto Eco
What Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Peanuts mean to me / Kevin Powell
Charlie Brown, Spider-Man, me, and you / Ira Glass
Drawing empathy : a cartoonist's-eye view / Chris Ware
To the doghouse / Ann Patchett
There's something peculiar about lying in a dark room. You can't see anything / Chuck Klosterman
Je suis Sally Brown / Elissa Schappell
Triangle with piano / Mona Simpson
On unhappiness, friendship, and Charlie Brown / Clifford Thompson
The exemplary narcissism of Snoopy / Sarah Boxer
A childhood in four acts / Jill Bialosky
Grief / Jonathan Lethem
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / Rick Moody
The gospel according to Linus [I] / Rich Cohen
How innocence became cool / Gerald Early
You're weird, sir / Jennifer Finney Boylan
Bar nuts / Leslie Stein
Two ponies / Jonathan Franzen
Lucy can't see / Lisa Birnbach
The history of the twentieth century, four panels at a time / David Kamp
Good grief / Janice Shapiro
Duck boy / Maxine Hong Kingston
Happiness is fleeting / Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell
The gospel according to Linus [II] / David L. Uli
Pilgrimage / Seth.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Two decades after the death of its creator, Charles Schulz, interest in and love for Peanuts continues unabated, evinced by this collection of essays extolling the beloved comic strip. The 33 contributors include prestigious novelists (Jonathan Franzen, George Saunders), cultural critics (Adam Gopnik, Chuck Klosterman), and Schulz's fellow cartoonists (Chris Ware, Seth), who contribute essays ranging from the academic to the personal, as well as a smattering of poems and cartoons, two-thirds of which were penned especially for this volume. Many of the essayists tell of their childhood connection with the travails and foibles of the preternaturally seasoned tykes despite, or because of, Peanuts' essential bleakness. Journalist Bruce Handy was comforted by Charlie Brown's relentless suffering, which served as a lightning rod for my own anxieties about my place in the world. It's hard to imagine any other comic strip eliciting paeans from such a diverse and illustrious line-up of authors, whose thoughtful and heartfelt accolades attest to Schulz's enduring vision and his strip's abiding place in American culture.--Gordon Flagg Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The 33 essays, poems, and cartoons in this book, most original to the volume, are affectionate valentines to Charles M. Schulz's much-loved comic strip, Peanuts--syndicated in newspapers from 1950 to 2000--that gauge the cultural impact of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang. Adam Gopnik, in "Good Griefs," compares Schulz's characters--kids who inhabit "the recognizable grown-up world of thwarted ambition and delusional longing"--to those of Chekhov and Salinger. Mona Simpson riffs on the theme of unrequited love rampant in the strip in "Triangle with Piano" and Sarah Boxer does the same on Snoopy the beagle's self-invented heroic persona in "The Exemplary Narcissism of Snoopy." Jonathan Lethem's "Grief," a Peanuts-referencing pastiche of Allen Ginsberg's landmark poem "Howl," is so perfect one could imagine a beat Linus (to whom it is dedicated) having written it. Editor Blauner includes appreciations of the animated Peanuts television specials and thought pieces ranging from the scholarly to the intimately personal by Umberto Eco, Jonathan Franzen, Maxine Hong Kingston, Rick Moody, and others. This is a heartwarming tribute to Schulz's inimitable strip and the influence it had on its everyday audience. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Schulz, Charles M. -- (Charles Monroe), -- 1922-2000. -- Peanuts.
Schulz, Charles M. -- (Charles Monroe), -- 1922-2000. -- Peanuts -- Characters.
Brown, Charlie -- (Fictitious character)
Snoopy -- (Fictitious character)
Schulz, Charles M. -- (Charles Monroe), -- 1922-2000 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Schulz, Charles M. -- (Charles Monroe), -- 1922-2000 -- Analysis, appreciation.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States -- Themes, motives.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :2019
Contributors Blauner, Andrew, editor.
Language English
Notes "A special publication of The Library of America."
Description xiv, 338 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781598536164
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