Hergi'A: The Man Who Created Tintin

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One of the most beloved characters in all of comics, Tintin won an enormous international following. Translated into dozens of languages, Tintin's adventures have sold millions of copies, and Steven Spielberg is presently adapting the stories for the big screen. Yet, despite Tintin's enduring popularity, Americans know almost nothing about his gifted creator, Georges Remi--better known as Herg�. Offering a captivating portrait of a man who revolutionized the art of comics, this is the first full biography of ...
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Overview


One of the most beloved characters in all of comics, Tintin won an enormous international following. Translated into dozens of languages, Tintin's adventures have sold millions of copies, and Steven Spielberg is presently adapting the stories for the big screen. Yet, despite Tintin's enduring popularity, Americans know almost nothing about his gifted creator, Georges Remi--better known as Herg�. Offering a captivating portrait of a man who revolutionized the art of comics, this is the first full biography of Herg� available for an English-speaking audience.
Born in Brussels in 1907, Herg� began his career as a cub reporter, a profession he gave to his teenaged, world-traveling hero. But whereas Tintin was "fully formed, clear-headed, and positive," Assouline notes, his inventor was "complex, contradictory, inscrutable." For all his huge success--achieved with almost no formal training--Herg� would say unassumingly of his art, "I was just happy drawing little guys, that's all." Granted unprecedented access to thousands of the cartoonist's unpublished letters, Assouline gets behind the genial public mask to take full measure of Herg�'s life and art and the fascinating ways in which the two intertwine. Neither sugarcoating nor sensationalizing his subject, he meticulously probes such controversial issues as Herg�'s support for Belgian imperialism in the Congo and his alleged collaboration with the Nazis. He also analyzes the underpinnings of Tintin--how the conception of the character as an asexual adventurer reflected Herg�'s appreciation for the Boy Scouts organization as well as his Catholic mentor's anti-Soviet ideology--and relates the comic strip to Herg�'s own place within the Belgian middle class.
A profound influence on a generation of artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, the elusive figure of Herg� comes to life in this illuminating biography--a deeply nuanced account that unveils the man and his career as never before.
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Editorial Reviews

Michael Dirda
…highlights yet again that all-too-common divide between the flawed private man and the admirable creative genius…[a] fine, if somewhat disillusioning, biography.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195397598
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/2009
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pierre Assouline is a prominent French journalist and writer. He has written several novels as well as acclaimed biographies of photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and detective novelist Georges Simenon. He is also a film producer and was the 2007 winner of the prestigious Prix de la Langue Fran�aise.
Charles Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers and a frequent contributor to ArtNews and Art in America.

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Table of Contents

Preface Part I: Truths
1. A Life in Gray: 1907-1925
2. Scoutmaster in the Twentieth Century: 1925-1929
3. The Many Births of Tintin: 1929-1934
4. What Chang Taught Herge: 1934-1936
5. Eye of the Storn: 1936-1940
6. The Golden Age: 1940-1944
Part II: Solitude
7. The Plight of the Inciviques: 1944-1946
8. The Dark Years: 1946-1950
Part III: Recognition
9. Toward Fulfillment: 1950-1958
10. The Demon of Purity: 1958-1960
11. Finishing Touches: 1960-1973
12. The End of a Life, the Culmination of his Work: 1973-1983
abbreviations used in notes Notes Select Bibliograohy List of works by Herge Acknowledgments Index

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