The Latest in Canongate's highly collectible and highly praised series, with an introduction by Kristin Chenoweth
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. Kristin Chenoweth is an American singer and actress, who has worked in film, television and in musical theatre. She is best known on Broadway for her Tony Award-winning performance as Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and for originating the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked. She also starred in NBC's The West Wing and the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies, for which she won an Emmy Award.
* A delicious wallow in a nostalgic world that has a lot more bite than readers may recall. Schulz portrays a children's world that's anything but idyllic, complete with fusspots, tortured artists, exclusive clubs, insecurities and kites that refuse to fly. The Peanuts landscape is the familiar neighbourhood, with trees, sidewalks, sandboxes, ball fields and remarkably generic interiors. As always, the illustrations are a marvel of simplicity and the insights are haunting Publishers Weekly * Beautifully designed ... One of the high-water marks of post-war popular culture Daily Telegraph * The Complete Peanuts is beautifully bound, a comprehensive resource and, with an index and introduction, a useful contextualisation of a modern legend. The Skinny * Highly recommended to any Peanuts fan Salon * These timely re-issues illustrate not only the skill and subtle brilliance of his work but also the origins of the form beyond simple merriment Sunday Times * 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 * The world of Peanuts is a microcosm, a little human comedy for the innocent reader and for the sophisticated Umberto Eco * The Complete Peanuts has framed Charles Schulz's enduring masterpiece about as well any lifelong fan could've hoped. "The Best Comics of the '00s: The Archives", The A.V. Club