Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography Book Summary and Study Guide

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The life story of the creator of the most beloved comic strip of all time, Peanuts. Charles (Sparky) Schulz was a shy, awkward, and eccentric man. Sound familiar? He was very much like his most famous character, Charlie Brown. But he wanted to be Snoopy but it was not to be.
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Schulz grew up over his shy and socially awkward father's barber shop. His mother was ill for many years before dying so Schulz spent a lot of time alone with a drawing pad and his imagination.

After serving in the military during World War II, Schulz returned home to Minnesota and began teaching at an Art School. It was there that he came up with the ground breaking comic strip Peanuts.

Peanuts was first published in the 1950's and started building fans. Characters such as Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Pigpen became icons. In the 1960's a series of Peanuts TV specials were very popular, which lead to endorsement deals and made Sparky Schulz very rich indeed.

Schulz's private life was not terribly happy. His first wife was very much like Lucy, which did not make for a blissful married life. His second wife, however, made him happy.

Schulz continued drawing and writing Peanuts until his death in 2000.
Best part of story, including ending: I enjoyed learning how auto-biographical Peanuts was.

Best scene in story: The struggle over getting a Charlie Brown Christmas made and on the air. The suits at CBS did not like it. They were wrong.

Opinion about the main character: Very shy and hard to get to know.

The review of this Book prepared by Peter Athas a Level 3 Eurasian Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   rags to riches Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot 11-15 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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