Schulz biography versus his family

With the release of Schulz and Peanuts a week-and-a-day away, members of Schulz’s family are taking issue with the psychological portrait it paints. And while I never met Sparky and cannot tell you how accurate their objection to the portrait is, I can confirm that the book does indeed focus more on the difficult times and goes far lighter on the last third of his life, particularly in the view of his personality. From a writing angle, that may be legitimate – conflict is more interesting. But that’s a separate question from building a full-and-accurate portrait… which is why, as I said before, there’s room for other views, other biographies.

Schulz/Peanuts news
Christo R.I.P.

The artist Christo, famed for humongous fabric installations that permeated the landscape or wrapped around large items, has passed away¬†from natural causes at 84. His relevance for Peanuts is that he was not only mentioned in the strip, but he interacted with its world, as he wrapped Snoopy’s doghouse in …

Schulz/Peanuts news
More on Harriet Glickman

Jean Schulz and Schulz Museum director Karen Johnson have posted their memories of Harriet Glickman, the woman who suggested to Schulz that he add an African American to the cast. And here you’ll find the interview I did with her for the podcast, recorded in the same home where she’d …

Franklin
Harriet Glickman, 1926-2020

Harriet Glickman, the woman who had suggested to Charles Schulz that he add an African-American character to the strip and thus inspired the creation of Franklin, passed away this morning. Her death was peaceful, in her sleep, and she had been well prepared for this. I got to know Harriet …