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Michaelis, David. Schulz and Peanuts: A biography. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0-06-621393-2
BibTeX citation key: Michaelis2007
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Peanuts", Biography, Comic strip, Schulz. Charles M., USA
Creators: Michaelis
Publisher: HarperCollins (New York)
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Charles M. Schulz, the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time, is also one of the least understood figures in American culture. Now acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us the first full-length biography of the brilliant, unseen man behind Peanuts: at once a creation story, a portrait of a native genius, and a chronicle contrasting the private man with the central role he played in shaping the national imagination.
It is the most American of stories: How a barber’s son grew up from modest beginnings to realize his dream of creating a newspaper comic strip. How he daringly chose themes never before attempted in mainstream cartoons—loneliness, isolation, melancholy, the unending search for love—always lightening the darker side with laughter and mingling the old-fashioned sweetness of childhood with a very adult and modern awareness of the bitterness of life. And how, using a lighthearted, loving touch, a crow-quill pen dipped in ink, and a cast of memorable characters, he portrayed the struggles that come with being awkward, imperfect, human.
With Peanuts, Schulz profoundly influenced America in the second half of the twentieth century. But the humorous strip was anchored in the collective experience and hardships of the artist’s generation—the generation that survived the Great Depression, liberated Europe and the Pacific, and came home to build the prosperous postwar world. Michaelis masterfully weaves Schulz’s story with the cartoons that are so familiar to us, revealing how so much more of his life was part of the strip than we ever knew.
Based on years of research, including exclusive interviews with the cartoonist’s family, friends, and colleagues, unprecedented access to his studio and business archives, and new caches of personal letters and drawings, Schulz and Peanutsis the definitive epic biography of an American icon and the unforgettable characters he created.

Table of Contents

Preface (ix)

I. Northwest
1. Sparky (3)
2. Relatives (9)
3. The Art of Barbering (28)
4. East Comes West (37)

II. Son of God
5. Disguised (53)
6. Ordinary Joe (72)
7. Spike and the Gang (84)
8. Class of One (94)
9. Alone (114)
GI Interlude: 1943–1945 (131)

III. Middle West
10. Breaking the Ice (159)
11. Heads and Bodies (181)
12. Faith (190)
13. Redheads (202)
14. Saga (224)

IV. Pushing West
15. To the Rockies (241)
16. Peanuts, Inc. (265)
17. The Call of California (287)
18. Coffee Lane (318)
19. Gospel (346)
20. The Drawing of the Age of Snoopy (364)

V. Zenith
21. A Good Man (403)
22. Arena (420)
23. Doghouse (464)
24. Happiness (483)

VI. Empire of One
25. Poor, Sweet Baby (501)
26. Plush (523)
27. Still Looking (536)
28. Dailies Done (557)

Acknowledgments (567)
Source Notes (573)
Index (633)

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