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Feiffer the Collected Works #04: Passionella and Other Storiesby Jules Feiffer
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Presenting the complete works of one of America's great satirists. Feiffer: The Collected Works is a projected 15-volume series bringing together all the cartoons, plays, screenplays, articles, essays, and other writings of one of America's greatest political and social satirists. Volume 4 collects more of Feiffer's great comic strip Sick, Sick, Sick (later renamed Feiffer), the author's first strips for Playboy magazine, and Feiffer's satire on Hollywood sexuality, Passionella. Feiffer has had one of the most varied and illustrious careers of any 20th century cartoonist. For over 40 years he contributed strips to The Village Voice, and has long been a regular contributor to the London Observer and Playboy. An animated cartoon based on his story Munro received an academy award in 1961. In the sixties, he branched into theater, writing several now regarded as classics: Little Murders; Knock, Knock; The White House Murder Case; Elliot Loves; and The Grown-Ups, to name a few. Originally conceived for the stage, his Carnal Knowledge became one of the landmark films of the '70s. He has written two prose novels, Harry the Rat with Women and Ackroyd, as well as a cartoon novel, Tantrum. In the 1990s, Feiffer embarked on yet another career, this time as a children's book author. He has over a half-dozen to his credit, including modern classics like The Man and the Ceiling. Fantagraphics is proud to present such a wide variety of works in one comprehensive series. Volume 4 also includes Feiffer's re-telling of "Cinderella," with Marlon Brando as Prince Charming and Marilyn Monroe in the title role, and "Kept," the story of a man who discovers the secret of seduction.
"Feiffer: The Collected Works" is part of a series bringing together all the cartoons, plays, screenplays, articles, essays, and other writings of this great political and social satirist. Vol. 4 collects Feiffer's great comic strip "Sick, Sick, Sick" (later renamed "Feiffer"), strips for "Playboy" magazine, and his satire on Hollywood sexuality, "Passionella."
Presenting a masterpiece from one of America's great satirists.
Jules Feiffer has had one of the most varied and illustrious careers of any 20th century cartoonist. For over 40 years he contributed strips to , and has long been a regular contributor to the London and . An animated cartoon based on his story Munro received an Academy Award in 1961. In the '60s, he branched into theater, writing several plays now regarded as classics: ; and , to name a few. Originally conceived for the stage, his became one of the landmark films of the '70s. He has written two prose novels, and , as well as a cartoon novel, . In the 1990s, Feiffer embarked on yet another career, this time as a children's book author. He has over a half-dozen to his credit, including modern classics like . collects Feiffer's finest extended graphic narratives of the late '50s and early '60s. It opens in full-color with "Excalibur and Rose," the fable of a village comedian who embarks on a crusade in search of his serious side, which he finds in spades when he encounters his true love, the pathologically depressed Rose. The volume's centerpiece, "Passionella," a retelling of Cinderella set in modern Hollywood, concerns a chimney sweep whose fairy godmother transforms her into the "mysterious exotic bewitching temptress"and movie starPassionella. Other stories include "The Lonely Machine," an account of one man's attempt to find the perfect relationship through robot love, and "Harold Swerg," the predicament of the world's greatest athlete who'd rather stay at his mundane job than compete against others, despite his country's desperate pleas to enter the Olympics. Three more classic graphic tales and several entertaining one-act plays round out this handsomely designed hardcover edition.
About the Author
Jules Feiffer lives in New York City with his wife, Jenny. Along with being a famed cartoonist, Feiffer is also the author of numerous novels, children's books, plays and screenplays, including Carnal Knowledge; Harry, The Rat with Women and Little Murders, which was made into a celebrated movie.
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