The Peanuts Papers
A one-of-a-kind celebration of America's greatest comic strip - and the life lessons it can teach us - from a stellar array of writers and artists
Over the span of 50 years, Charles M. Schulz created a comic strip that is one of the indisputable glories of American popular culture - hilarious, poignant, inimitable. Some 20 years after the last strip appeared, the characters Schulz brought to life in Peanuts continue 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, 33 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 listener's companion for every Peanuts fan.
Jennifer Finney Boylan
Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell
Maxine Hong Kingston
Peter D. Kramer
David L. Ulin
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A great collection of essays celebrating the work of Charles Schulz. The contributors generally agree (as I do) that the prime of the Peanuts strip was its first 20-25 years, before it became largely cutesy and repetitive. In the early years it was hugely innovative, gently humorous and endlessly wise and philosophical.
The essayists in this collection share their memories of the way Peanuts cartoons affected them and influenced their lives and/or careers, and of the man who created them. Some illustrate their talks with descriptions and analysis of their favourite strips or characters. The essays are beautifully narrated by a variety of different voices and are generally a joy to listen to. However, there is a single swear word (I think it was in the Poems section) which strikes a jarring note as it seems inappropriate in this context.
I grew up reading the Peanuts cartoons and still return to them often to renew my acquaintance with the unique characters who populate them.