The Peanuts Papers: Charlie Brown, Snoopy & The Gang, And The Meaning Of Life
GOOD GRIEF! It's now over 70 years since Peanuts first appeared in print and brightened our lives. Its creator, Charles Schulz, spent 50 years of his life writing and drawing the strips that introduced Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Lisa and the rest of the gang to us, and now a group of writers and cartoonists get to reflect upon the meaning and deeper truths behind these deceptively simple strips.
Inside, across 33 essays from the likes of Chris Ware, Umberto Eco, Ann Patchett, Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, and Jonathan Frazen, we get to dive deep into the themes of friendship, melancholoy, and happiness that underpin this iconic cartoon strip. You'll find musings on the narcissism of Snoopy, the try, try, try again (and fail) commitment of Charlie Brown and, of course, the importance of Lucy's lemonade/psychiatry stand.
One of the main things that comes across as you read these essays is that this stuff really matters and that your obsession with these characters makes perfect sense. It's funny, fascinating and often moving stuff and for the Peanuts fan, an essential read.