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My Life with Charlie Brown Hardcover – March 12, 2010
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This book is essentially a collection of speeches, essays, interviews, and other first person accounts which Schulz gave in his lifetime. Those who claim that Schulz was some kind of brooding, withdrawn tragic figure who kept to himself are looking through the prism of today's tabloid society where an inquisitive public must know the deepest darkest secrets of anyone with any kind of celebrity status. Especially for the era that Schulz lived, he was exceptionally giving and remarkably open about sharing wisdom and "trade secrets" to help others, especially aspiring artists and cartoonists.
Throughout this book we learn the things real fans of Schulz care about. His influences as a child and young adult, from playing sports as a child to his struggles in school to his military service. The role faith played in his life. How the strip got started and evolved over time. His daily routine in drawing the strip. His relationship and occasional frustrations with his syndicate. The real inspiration behind many of the characters and how they developed over time. How he got new ideas and over the years introduced new concepts and story lines into the strip. His surprise at the public reaction to strips such as when Linus and Lucy moved out of the neighborhood, and when Sally told her brother that she prayed in school.Read more ›
If you combined both books, you will probably get a very interesting, insightful and informative understanding of Charles Schulz as a man, as a cartoonist and as a human being. They are probably closest thing you can have to an autobiography.
Of course, the only reason why this book did not received five stars is that few entries in this book have already published in another book titled "Peanuts Jubilee" by Charles M. Schulz (who else?) that was published back in 1975. I still owned that book so I thought maybe Mr. Inge could have chosen a different set of entries. Its one thing to take an article here or there from various magazines but from another Peanuts book is something else.
For anyone interested in Charles M. Schulz and his creation, I guess I can say that reading this book would be a no brainer. Reading it with "Charles M. Schulz Conversations" will allow you to get the facts from straight from the source. While not a perfect format, this would have to do until some one can do real justice to Schulz by writing a real biography!
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This is a great book it took a long time to read but I really enjoyed it and my entire family love Charlie brown so this was the book for me. :)Published 21 months ago by Joshua brammer
Good reading material. Interesting facts about Charles SchultzPublished 23 months ago by I. P. Banks
I purchased this as a birthday gift for my husband who has been a Snoopy/Peanuts collector over 35 years; a huge fan of Charles Schulz. He has thoroughly enjoyed it.Published on June 11, 2013 by Rita Davis
A great read about Charles Schultz. It is funny how he kind of sounds like Charlie Brown. The book itself is a nice quality. I love the fee of the cover.Published on May 25, 2013 by Pen Name
I thought it would have been more interesting. The info in this book could have been found in Wikipedia, actually I found more info there for my daughters book reportPublished on February 1, 2013 by Christina E. Olinghouse
Book was a little boring. Probably because I already knew a lot about the author. Love his work though on this awesome comic strip!Published on January 26, 2013 by DaveSharon
All "Peanuts" readers will find, as I did, "My Life with Charlie Brown" a surprising story but an enlightening book.Published on January 21, 2013 by Bárbara Jacobs