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Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Good Grief!

I just finished reading this biography and I found it a compelling and entertaining read. After reading it I have rediscovered my interest in the Peanuts classic cartoon strip. Think what you may about the author's portrayal of Sparky, this is a good biography that pres...
I just finished reading this biography and I found it a compelling and entertaining read. After reading it I have rediscovered my interest in the Peanuts classic cartoon strip. Think what you may about the author's portrayal of Sparky, this is a good biography that presents a vivid portrait of a man consumed by his desire to be liked and his life long passion at being the best at his craft.

posted by Anonymous on June 20, 2008

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6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

An inaccurate portrayal

Michaelis had over six years to write this book with unfettered access to all of Sparky Shulz' papers and Peanuts-related materials from the family as well as friends and business associates. In the end, he focused almost entirely on what he perceived as a very unhappy...
Michaelis had over six years to write this book with unfettered access to all of Sparky Shulz' papers and Peanuts-related materials from the family as well as friends and business associates. In the end, he focused almost entirely on what he perceived as a very unhappy cartoonist who was lonely and aloof. Much of his writing seems to have evolved from the distortions and vapors of Shulz' first marriage. Furthermore, Michaelis never met the man. My wife and I got to know Sparky through a business relationship that grew into a friendship lasting many years. This was a man with tremendous humility but loaded with creative talent. He often wondered why people loved Peanuts but he was so pleased that they did. What's missing from the book is an accurate profile of a creative genius who loved life, had a phenomenal humorous side and kept you laughing with his witicisms. His family feels betrayed by this book and more about their feelings and those of others can be learned by going to Cartoon Brew and finding the discussion.

posted by Anonymous on November 28, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    How Schulz Became Peanuts

    Comprehensive biography, which includes numerous comic strips that further interpret the artist's life. Book shows major research work was undertaken. Highly detailed to give shy creator a complex history. Finally meet the "little reheaded girl." A life with a happy ending. Great gift for Peanuts fans. Especially for those going through a bumpy time---provides celebration at the end of the tunnel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Intimacy Defined

    This is a must read for any "Peanuts" fan! To learn just how much of Sparky's life made it into his strip, with little to no dilution, is truly remarkable. It's hard to believe that such a well-loved man felt so alone, even up until the day he died. The level of intimacy in this book, especially regarding such a beloved yet mysterious man, makes one feel as an accepted member of the family, and front-row-center throughout Sparky's entire life. I would like to have heard a little more from the children, but, all-in-all, a fantastic read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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