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Schulz and Peanuts by David Michaelis
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Feb 05, 2009

David Michaelis's book, the first full-scale biography of Charles Schulz, is almost as universally adored as his subject's comic strips. The former biographer of N. C. Wyeth (whose son Andrew was a hero of Schulz's) takes on America's best-known cartoonist, drawing on exclusive access to Schulz's papers and interviews with nearly every living Schulz acquaintance. Erring on the side of inclusion, the book sometimes seems too rich with detail, and one reviewer faults Michaelis's focus on Schulz's gloomier side (a criticism that Schulz's own daughter has made about the book). Otherwise, reviewers are riveted by the revelatory correspondences between Schulz's groundbreaking work and the man who brought it to life.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.


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