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Friday, October 12, 2007

Schulz and “Peanuts”

A new biography about “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz reveals a man much more complex than the 17,897 stories he told about Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Linus and the rest of the gang over a 50-year period.

According to an October 8, 2007 Associated Press article, biographer David Michaelis writes in Schulz and Peanuts that the cartoonist’s personal life and the strip often intersected. Apparently, Lucy at times represented Schultz’s first wife — an assertive woman from whom Schulz kept his distance — similar to Schroeder at the piano keyboard, his concentration designed to keep Lucy at bay.

For more on Schulz and the characters he drew, see:

Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz by Rheta Johnson

Charles M. Schulz: Conversations by M. Thomas Inge

Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz by Charles M. Schulz

The Gospel According to Peanuts by Robert L. Short

Peanuts: A Golden Celebration by Charles M. Schulz

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