The latest in Canongate's Complete Peanuts series - published during Peanuts' 60th anniversary year
Charles M. Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1922 and grew up in Saint Paul. He gained a reputation worldwide as a cartoonist for his work on Peanuts. He died in 2000.
* One of the finest cultural artifacts made in the 20th century. Russell T. Davies * Peanuts was, and is, and will continue to be the finest comic in the world. Bravo. Ray Bradbury * The world of Peanuts is a microcosm, a little human comedy for the innocent reader and for the sophisticated. Umberto Eco * As powerful a comic art-piece as anything out today ... will delight Peanuts aficionados. Observer * All sorts of important writers have marveled at the glorious simplicity of [Schulz's] draftsmanship and his unerring jokecraft, all underpinned by a quiet melancholy and stoicism ... by some miracle, the entire Peanuts oeuvre is gradually being republished in this country, by Canongate ... in lavishly appointed hardback ... Unlike almost everything you read as a child, they are actually better than you remember them. Spectator * Peanuts worked - and still works - becasue it is a cartoon that speaks to our anxiety and melancholy. Because all of us, at some point or other in our lives, have had the bar pulled away at the last minute, have had our kites tangled in trees. Schulz used to say all the characters were him. Truth is, we all are Charlie Brown. Or if we're not now, we remember how it felt to be him, to be depressed, to be miserable, to be ignored. To be a child. Sunday Herald * All human life is here: childhood sadness, youthful romance, sarcastic dogs. Most impressive is the amount of expression Charles M Schulz was able to get into his characters' faces - notably the lips. That slight wobble in Charlie Brown's smile is utterly charming. The Daily Telegraph