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Blauner, Andrew (Hg.): The Peanuts Papers. Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life. New York: Library of America, 2019. (338 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-59853-616-4
BibTeX citation key: Blauner2019
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Keywords: "Peanuts", Collection of essays, Comic strip, Schulz. Charles M., USA
Creators: Blauner
Publisher: Library of America (New York)
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Abstract
Over the span of fifty years, Charles M. Schulz created a comic strip that is one of the indisputable glories of American popular culture—hilarious, poignant, inimitable. Some twenty years after the last strip appeared, the characters Schulz brought to life in Peanutscontinue to resonate with millions of fans, their beguiling four-panel adventures and television escapades offering lessons about happiness, friendship, disappointment, childhood, and life itself.
In The Peanuts Papers, thirty-three writers and artists reflect on the deeper truths of Schulz’s deceptively simple comic, its impact on their lives and art and on the broader culture. These enchanting, affecting, and often quite personal essays show just how much Peanuts means to its many admirers—and the ways it invites us to ponder, in the words of Sarah Boxer, “how to survive and still be a decent human being” in an often bewildering world. Featuring essays, memoirs, poems, and two original comic strips, here is the ultimate reader’s companion for every Peanuts fan.

Table of Contents

Preface by Andrew Blauner

I. THE BIG PICTURE
Adam Gopnik: Good Griefs
Ivan Brunetti: Yesterday Will Get Better
George Saunders: Strip Mind
Bruce Handy: It’s Once Upon a Time, Charlie Brown!
Nicole Rudick: A Space for Thinking
Joe Queenan: Why I Love Peanuts
Peter D. Kramer: Nonsense!
David Hajdu: Percy Crosby and Skippy
Umberto Eco: On Krazy Kat and Peanuts
Kevin Powell: What Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Peanuts Mean to Me
Ira Glass: Charlie Brown, Spider-Man, Me, and You
Chris Ware: Drawing Empathy: A Cartoonist’s-Eye View

II. CHARACTERS
Ann Patchett: To the Doghouse
Chuck Klosterman: There’s Something Peculiar About Lying in a Dark Room. You Can’t See Anything.
Elissa Schappell: Je suis Sally Brown
Mona Simpson: Triangle with Piano
Clifford Thompson: On Unhappiness, Friendship, and Charlie Brown
Sarah Boxer: The Exemplary Narcissism of Snoopy

III. TWO POEMS
Jill Bialosky: A Childhood in Four Acts
Jonathan Lethem: Grief

IV. OFF THE PAGE
Rick Moody: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Rich Cohen: The Gospel According to Linus [I]
Gerald Early: How Innocence Became Cool

V. TRUE STORIES
Jennifer Finney Boylan: You’re Weird, Sir 215
Leslie Stein: Bar Nuts 225
Jonathan Franzen: Two Ponies
Lisa Birnbach: Lucy Can’t See
David Kamp: The History of the Twentieth Century, Four Panels at Time
Janice Shapiro: Good Grief
Maxine Hong Kingston: Duck Boy
Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell: Happiness Is Fleeting
David L. Ulin: The Gospel According to Linus [II]
Seth: Pilgrimage


  
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