Feiffer: The Collected Works: Passionella

Feiffer: The Collected Works: Passionella

by Jules Feiffer
     
 

Presenting a masterpiece from one of America's great satirists.
Jules Feiffer has had one of the most varied and illustrious careers of any 20th century cartoonist. For over 40 years he contributed strips to The Village Voice, and has long been a regular contributor to the London Observer and Playboy. An animated cartoon based on his story Munro received an

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Presenting a masterpiece from one of America's great satirists.
Jules Feiffer has had one of the most varied and illustrious careers of any 20th century cartoonist. For over 40 years he contributed strips to The Village Voice, and has long been a regular contributor to the London Observer and Playboy. An animated cartoon based on his story Munro received an Academy Award in 1961. In the '60s, he branched into theater, writing several plays now regarded as classics: Little Murders; Knock, Knock; The White House Murder Case; Elliot Loves; and The Grown-Ups, to name a few. Originally conceived for the stage, his Carnal Knowledge became one of the landmark films of the '70s. He has written two prose novels, Harry the Rat with Women and Ackroyd, as well as a cartoon novel, Tantrum. In the 1990s, Feiffer embarked on yet another career, this time as a children's book author. He has over a half-dozen to his credit, including modern classics like The Man and the Ceiling.Passionella and Other Stories collects Feiffer's finest extended graphic narratives of the late '50s and early '60s. It opens in full-color with "Excalibur and Rose," the fable of a village comedian who embarks on a crusade in search of his serious side, which he finds in spades when he encounters his true love, the pathologically depressed Rose. The volume's centerpiece, "Passionella," a retelling of Cinderella set in modern Hollywood, concerns a chimney sweep whose fairy godmother transforms her into the "mysterious exotic bewitching temptress"and movie starPassionella. Other stories include "The Lonely Machine," an account of one man's attempt to find the perfect relationship through robot love, and "Harold Swerg," the predicament of the world's greatest athlete who'd rather stay at his mundane job than compete against others, despite his country's desperate pleas to enter the Olympics. Three more classic graphic tales and several entertaining one-act plays round out this handsomely designed hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Neil Gaiman
One of the sharpest political commentators there has ever been in that [comics] form.
Will Eisner
One of—if not the first of—the early writer/artists to emerge from the comic book ghetto into the literary/art world.
Los Angeles Reader
Today's cartoonists owe huge debts of gratitude to Jules Feiffer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560970972
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
07/19/2006
Series:
Feiffer: the Collected Works
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jules Feiffer is a cartoonist, playwright, children’s book author and illustrator, and member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches a humor writing class at Stony Brook Southampton College and lives in Southampton, New York.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
January 26, 1929
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
The Pratt Institute, 1951

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