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Product Details:

Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1560976705
ISBN-13: 9781560976707
Sku: 31220035
Publish Date: 10/1/2005
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.25H x 9.25L x 3T
Pages:  325
Age Range:  15 to 19
 
This book collects 730 daily and Sunday comic strips, the vast majority of which are not currently available in any in-print "Peanuts" collection, and over 100 of which have never been reprinted since their initial appearance in papers over 50 years ago.
From the Publisher:
A new volume of Peanuts comics follows such plot developments as Linus's maturity into a speaking and blanket-wielding character and Charlie Brown's continuing downfall in the face of numerous lost kites and baseball games.A new volume of Peanuts comics follows such plot developments as Linus's maturity into a speaking and blanket-wielding character and Charlie Brown's continuing downfall in the face of numerous lost kites and baseball games.
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With a howling Snoopy in full glory on the cover, this fourth edition of THE COMPLETE PEANUTS offers plenty of tender and funny moments in the lives of Charles Schulz's motley crew of kids. Charlie Brown's status as the quintessential loveable loser solidifies, while Snoopy develops more and more independence. Linus, who for years was the littlest of the little, stands up to Lucy, but also in a peak of dramatic intensity loses his beloved blanket. Meanwhile, Lucy stubbornly falls for Schroeder time and again, while he's preoccupied with imaginary composers. Jonathan Franzen writes the introduction to this volume, which also comes with a strip from 1953 that surfaced after that collection went to press.
Author Bio
Charles M. Schulz
A pioneering force in the comic strip industry, Schulz turned his lifelong appreciation of comics and his sensitive, somewhat brooding personality into the highly successful "Peanuts" franchise. Nicknamed "Sparky" after a popular comic strip character, the shy young cartoonist continually doodled during class, receiving encouragement from numerous teachers. After high school, he completed a drawing correspondence course, earning only average marks. He was drafted into World War II service shortly thereafter, where he continued to draw--even decorating soldiers' letters home. After leaving the military, he juggled two jobs, lettering pre-drawn comics and teaching at his alma mater, Art Instruction Schools. Initially selling single-panel cartoons to The Saturday Evening Post in 1948, Schulz sold the "L'il Folks" comic to the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1950, changing the single-panel format to the now common multi-panel comic strip. For competitive reasons, the United Features Syndicate renamed the strip Peanuts," a name Schulz never liked. The newly syndicated comic strip was an immediate success, running eventually in 2000 newspapers worldwide. Schulz has been credited with transforming the cartooning field with his successful books, TV specials, and merchandising deals. Schulz's most prized award throughout his career was the National Cartoonists' Society's Reuben Award for outstanding cartoonist of the year, which he won in 1955 and in 1964. Critical of comic strips with political agendas, Schulz only used "Peanuts" as a political forum once--to protest the proliferation of sexual harassment claims. Otherwise, he steered clear of hot topics, focusing instead on the active imaginations of his dreamy, unfulfilled characters--many situations culled from his real life. Early in his career, Schulz fell in love with a redheaded accountant, Donna Johnson, who turned down his marriage proposal. Rejected, he married shortly thereafter, a relationship that lasted 21 years. Although his second and final marriage was reportedly a happy one, he apparently never forgot the sting of Donna's rejection, eventually immortalizing her in the "Peanuts" comic strip as the unattainable object of Charlie Brown's desire-- the Little Red-haired Girl. Described by close friends as an insecure, sensitive man, he suffered from numerous depressions and anxiety attacks. After receiving a diagnosis of colon cancer, he announced his retirement from the producing the comic strip, claiming that no other artist should determine the "Peanuts" legacy. He died just hours before the last Sunday edition of the "Peanuts" strip ran--the final strip of a 50-year cartooning career.

Jonathan Franzen grew up in a suburb of St. Louis as an awkward introspective child, the son of a stern unemotional father who would eventually die of Alzheimer's, and a fussy mother obsessed with 1950s American status-quo. After working in a Seismology Lab at Harvard, Franzen wrote two well-received but commercially minor novels, THE TWENTY-SEVENTH CITY and STRONG MOTION. In 1996 Franzen wrote an essay for Harper's magazine titled "Perchance to Dream: In the Age of Images, a Reason to Write Novels," that discussed the plight of the American novel in an age of television and film, and particularly mourned the lack of readership for serious "social novels" and novels of ideas such as the works of Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo. The essay ended on a hopeful note, with Franzen claiming that the "social novel" needed to combine the formula of the family drama with rigorous intellectual thought, a fusion of popular and highbrow literature. The literary world waited with a mixture of anticipation and doubt until five years later when Franzen's THE CORRECTIONS hit the stands. The book was an unqualified success, a vindication of Franzen's bold claims: it received glowing reviews, won the National Book Award, and became one of the bestselling books of the 21st century. Franzen and THE CORRECTIONS also caused a controversy when it was selected to Oprah's Book Club, but removed from the list after Franzen denounced the "schmaltzy" nature of previous Book Club selections. Since then, Franzen has written primarily nonfiction for The New Yorker and Harper's, often dealing with his relationship with his parents, and has released two collections of non-fiction essays. Franzen's writing is known for its dark, unforgiving take on family, society, and himself, and for his powerful blend of emotional insight and intellectual thought.

Praise

"In this fourth volume of Fantagraphics' wildly successful chronological reprinting of PEANUTS, the comic strip begins to slide into its most popular form." (starred review) 09/05/2005
Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   11
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0325
Product attributePublisher:   Fantagraphics Books
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