I’ve finally picked up n the clues that Blake Scott Ball has a book coming out from Oxford University Press next year, called Charlie Brown’s America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts. This is a version of Dr. Ball’s PhD dissertation, “Charlie Brown’s America: Peanuts and the Politics of Wishy-Washy, 1950–1980″. Ball gave half a dozen presentations on Peanuts at various conferences from 2013 to 2017, so this is clearly not a casual interest. It’s not yet available for preorder, but I look forward to seeing this one!
(In trying to scrape up what info I could on the book, I stumbled across this interesting invocation of Peanuts: “Charlie Brown Versus Snow White: The Effects of Descriptiveness on Young and Older Adults’ Retrieval of Proper Names”.)