Magazine March 9, 2020, Issue

The Peanuts Papers: An Appreciation of the World Charles Schulz Created

Charles Schulz works on a strip in his studio. (Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images)
The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life, edited by Andrew Blauner (Library of America, 352 pp., $24.95)

If you obsessed over the comic strip Peanuts as a child — I mean: You lived and died with those characters, devoured the strips retroactively in anthologies and contemporaneously in newspapers, collected the merchandise, watched the cartoons, wondered whether your personality was more Charlie Brown or Linus, mapped the interior of Snoopy’s doghouse, yearned to meet, even be, their creator, melancholy Minnesotan Charles M. Schulz — hark, the herald angels sing: You are not alone!

The Peanuts Papers, edited by Andrew Blauner, collects three dozen essays by prominent writers and cartoonists — including Maxine Hong Kingston, Gerald Early, Chuck Klosterman, Ann Patchett, Chris Ware, the Canadian

This article appears as “Charlie Brown’s World” in the March 9, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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James Rosen — Mr. Rosen is a reporter for Sinclair Broadcast Group and the editor of A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century (2016), an anthology of essays by William F. Buckley Jr.

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