As the 1950s close, Peanuts enters its golden age. Linus, who had just learned to speak in the previous volume, becomes downright eloquent. Charlie Brown cascades further down the hill to loserdom. But the rising star is undoubtedly Snoopy. He’s at the centre of the most action-packed episodes. Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections and life-long Peanuts fan, introduces the collection.
“One of the finest cultural artifacts made in the 20th century.”
Russell T. Davies
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“…as powerful a comic art-piece as anything out today…will delight Peanuts aficionados.”
“Beautifully designed … One of the high-water marks of post-war popular culture.”
“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.”
“…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.”
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.