Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me: The R. Crumb Letters 1958-1977

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A revealing collection of the great artist's private correspondence.“I feel that my work is but a feeble expression of something that in itself is vague and doubtful… Sometimes when I probe myself I find that my intentions in art aren't as sincere as they should be… I realize that I’m fairly good at drawing, but you see that’s only because I've done so much of it, and it seems sometimes that the only reason I have stuck at it so diligently is because I have to sort of get even with society for not accepting me… ...
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Overview

A revealing collection of the great artist's private correspondence.“I feel that my work is but a feeble expression of something that in itself is vague and doubtful… Sometimes when I probe myself I find that my intentions in art aren't as sincere as they should be… I realize that I’m fairly good at drawing, but you see that’s only because I've done so much of it, and it seems sometimes that the only reason I have stuck at it so diligently is because I have to sort of get even with society for not accepting me… Subconsciously I want to make myself immortal among men, leave my mark on the earth to compensate for social inadequacy… So I draw.”
—R. Crumb, 9/29/61Spanning the most formative era of his life, from the painful years of adolescence to the fame and fortune of early adulthood, this collection of personal correspondences with two near-lifelong friends sheds light on the artistic development, bitter struggle, and ultimate triumph of the world’s greatest living cartoonist.Crumb writes about many key events in his life: the dissolution of his first marriage, the pain of being separated from his first child, his troubles with the IRS, and his obsessions with comics, music and women, most notably his earliest experiences with Aline Kominsky-Crumb, now his wife of over 30 years. An entertaining and revealing look into the mind of a great artist and thinker; this is Crumb’s sketchbook of words, featuring scores of rare art, including entire letters drawn in cartoon form.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606995600
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 10/19/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,185,488
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Philadelphia, R. Crumb is the author of numerous comic works and one of the pioneers of underground comics. His books include Kafka, The Complete Crumb Comics (17 volumes), The R. Crumb Sketchbook (10 volumes), R. Crumb Draws the Blues, The Book of Mr. Natural, The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, and many more. He lives in the south of France with his wife, the artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb.
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