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Schulz and Peanuts by David Michaelis
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Dec 26, 08

it was amazing
Read in December, 2008

At 600 pages this is a very comprehensive examination of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. While I must confess the book was about 150 pages more than I needed, I was also disappointed certain elements were lacking. For example, we learn that Lucy was based on Schulz first wife, but there is little mention of the secondary characters. The author alludes to lesbian groups adopting Peppermint Patty as one of their own, but no comment from Schulz on how he felt about this, or even how the character came about. I would have also liked to learn what inspired the formality with which Schulz voices Marcy. Why does she call everyone "sir"? Yet Marcy is barely mentioned in the text.
These questions might be easily answered by visiting Wikipedia, but their absence is glaring in such an otherwise comprehensive book. Nonetheless, I highly recommend this for anyone curious about the creator of the most-beloved comic strip of all time.
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