Saturday, October 20, 2007

Peanuts creator Schulz led secret life of misery - Yahoo! News

Peanuts creator Schulz led secret life of misery - Yahoo! News: "Peanuts creator Schulz led secret life of misery By Arthur Spiegelman Fri Oct 19, 7:43 PM ET LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Good Grief, Charles Schulz.

The creator of the beloved Peanuts comic strip was a shy, lonely man who used his child-like drawings to depict a life of deep melancholy, according to a controversial new biography.

The book is based on six years of research, unlimited access to family papers, more than 200 interviews and a close reading the 17,897 strips Schulz wrote and drew. It portrays Schulz as a man who felt unseen and unloved even if his readers numbered in the hundreds of millions. Biographer David Michaelis, author of 'Schulz and Peanuts,' said the cartoonist was also a man who could neither forget nor forgive any slight or lonely moment.

Not for a minute did he believe that 'Happiness was a warm puppy' -- and he may not have believed in happiness at all. 'He thought it was impossible to draw a happy comic strip and actually he was fond of saying that 'Happiness is a sad song,'' Michaelis said in a recent interview."


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