This book report is about the iconic and most cherished comic strip that influenced more lives than all the entire Sunday Funnies combined. Peanuts. At least that’s what I think. This is a compellation of essays from authors, journalist, and cartoonist. And what the Charles M. Schulz Peanuts comic strip meant to them in their early years and how it influenced their persona. For example, the author and essayists Ann Patchett’s essay was more able to face rejection when submitting her book manuscript after reading the many lives of Snoopy. “It was a dark and stormy night” Snoopy would bang out on his typewriter sitting atop his dog house. Then submit his writings and wait patiently near the mail box. Only to read mostly rejection form letters from publishers. From this Snoopy drama Patchett knew she was not alone in this writer’s endless grinding pursuit.
Other essay writers that contribute to this book spoke of identifying with certain Peanuts characters and a few essayists dove deeper into a Peanut’s character psyche while attempting to explain a character’s foibles and what had animated their presents in the Schulz comic strip. Then how the essayists identified with each Peanuts character. There are about 30-essays.
But anyway the title of the book is: The Peanut Papers, writers and cartoonist on Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang, and the meaning of life. By Andrew Blauner, non-fiction essays, 2019
Here is the Library of Congress annotation:
Collection of thirty-three essays by writers and artists reflecting on the influence of the Peanuts comic on their lives. In “You’re Weird, Sir,” Jennifer Finney Boylan examines her life as a closeted transgender person and the comfort she derived from reading Peanuts and, in particular, the character of Pig Pen.
Again the book is “The Peanuts Papers by Andrew Blauner. A fun and most interesting read. Read it. You’ll like it.