Me and Charlie Brown archives

When digging into those Schulz/Kelly letters, at first I missed what else it is that the Minnesota History Center has on hand – the original paste-ups and other material related to Me and Charlie Brown: a Book of Good Griefs. This is a book that was written by the original Charlie Brown, Schulz’s coworker at Art Instruction whose name Schulz repeatedly used in Li’l Folks and then as the central character in Peanuts. (Here’s a page about Brown, for the curious; he ended up running a juvenile detention center, so was involved with kids in his own way.) I wonder if their collection of materials has any of the content that was intended for books 2 and 3 of the autobiography, which were planned but never released. (Probably not.) Me and Charlie Brown is awkwardly written, and only a small portion of the book involves Brown’s relationship with Schulz and Peanuts (it is much more concerned with matters of faith and alcoholism), so this is a pretty deep dive concern that few would be interested in, but I can’t be the only one, can I? Well, if you’re one of the others, and you happen to find yourself in Minnesota, this is something you can look into!

 

Not That Charlie Brown
Not that Charlie Brown. Not even quite Charlie Brown.

Coming out this coming week: A Sharla Brown Christmas!

Not That Charlie Brown
Back then, it meant “courting”

Charlie Brown, you have been making love to my sister for quite a while, an’ if you let me go now, I will consent. From Fun in a Post Office: A farce in one act, by E. Henri Bauman, 1888

Not That Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown’s woman trouble

“I won’t marry Charlie Brown–never–and it’s very cruel in you to say anything about it!” interrupted Kitty, with flashing eyes, but with a great tremble in her voice. “I will never marry anybody!” “But Katherine Forrester, Charlie Brown loves you!” “I don’t care if he does.” “And you love him.” …