Author(s): Charles M. Schulz
The kids (and canines) of Peanuts know a thing or two about how tough life can be. But with a philosophical approach to the trials and tribulations of growing up - from not being able to talk to the girl you like, to having an idiot brother who won't take your flawless advice - they're never short of the small comforts, and the great wisdom, that can help us get by.
Forget Wittgenstein and Sartre, the great 20th century philosopher was Snoopy * * Daily Mail * * I grew up with Peanuts. But I never outgrew it . . . For decades, it was our own daily security blanket. That's what makes Peanuts an American treasure -- PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA No comic strip before Peanuts ever felt like it was talking to me. I always felt like I knew Charlie Brown and all the other characters and I understood them in a way that I never did with any other strip -- WHOOPI GOLDBERG Charles Schulz's brilliant, angst-ridden, truly funny, fifty-year-long masterpiece of joy and heartbreak -- MATT GROENING Charles Schulz was, plain and simple, a great artist and philosopher . . . But most importantly, he teaches all ages that if you can learn to laugh at the things that cause you the most pain you will be the strongest of all. Peanuts: a real way of life -- JOHN WATERS What a brilliant, truly modern and totally weird idea it was to create a comic strip about a chronically depressed child . . . * * Time * * Charles Schulz was an American treasure - an artist, philosopher, and keen observer of human life -- BILL CLINTON The world of Peanuts is a microcosm, a little human comedy for the innocent reader and for the sophisticated -- UMBERTO ECO One can scarcely overstate the importance of Peanuts to the comics, or overstate its influence on all of us who have followed -- BILL WATERSON, author of CALVIN & HOBBES One of the finest cultural artefacts made in the 20th century -- RUSSELL T. DAVIES
Charles M. Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1922 and grew up in Saint Paul. He gained a reputation worldwide as a cartoonist for his work on Peanuts. He died in 2000.