The latest in Canongate's highly collectible and highly praised series, with an introduction by Tom Tomorrow
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. Tom Tomorrow is the creator of the weekly political cartoon, This Modern World, which appears in approximately 80 newspapers across the U.S., and several websites. His work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, The Economist, among others.
* It's impossible to think of another popular art form that reaches across generations the way the daily comic strip does... at the pinnacle of that long tradition, there was Charles Schulz Seattle Times * Charles Schulz was an American treasure - an artist, philosopher, and keen observer of human life -- Bill Clinton * The world of Peanuts is a microcosm, a little human comedy for the innocent reader and for the sophisticated -- Umberto Eco * I became obsessed by Peanuts. The obvious thing is the wit, and the irony, but there's also a sort of spiritual simplicity in Woodstock and Snoopy, silent clowns who have the deepest thoughts about the human conundrum. And the set-up of the boy who always underachieves and his dog who's brilliant at everything - it's hilarious. We all went to school with a Lucy, or a Linus, or a Pigpen -- Jude Law Daily Telegraph * Charles Schulz was, plain and simple, a great artist and philosopher... But most importantly, he teaches all ages that if you can learn to laugh at the things that cause you the most pain you will be the strongest of all. Peanuts: a real way of life -- John Waters * Republishing Peanuts in one gorgeous volume after another is really the first time we can truly take a step back, appreciate Schulz's work as a whole and ultimately wrap our arms around the accomplishment of Charles Schulz. Sometimes, happiness is a warm book Huffington Post * 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 marvelled 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 * As essential as pop texts get The Onion * Peanuts was, is, and will continue to be the finest comic in the world. Bravo -- Ray Bradbury