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One of the most beloved characters in all of comics, Tintin won an enormous international following. Here is the first full biography of Herge available for an English-speaking audience, offering a captivating portrait of a man who revolutionized the art of comics.
Herge
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One of the most beloved characters in all of comics, Tintin won an enormous international following. Translated into dozens of languages, Tintin's adventures have sold millions of copies. Yet, despite Tintin's enduring popularity, Americans know almost nothing about his gifted creator, Georges Remi—better known as Herg .
Timed to coincide with Steven Spielberg's long-awaited film The Adventures of Tin Tin: Secret of the Unicorn, here is the first full biography of Herg available for an English-speaking audience, offering a captivating portrait of a man who revolutionized the art of comics. Granted unprecedented access to thousands of the cartoonist's unpublished letters, Assouline gets behind the genial public mask to take full measure of Herg 's life and art and the fascinating ways in which the two intertwine. Neither sugarcoating nor sensationalizing his subject, he weighs such controversial issues as Herg 's support for Belgian imperialism in the Congo and his alleged collaboration with the Nazis. He also analyzes the underpinnings of Tintin—how the conception of the character as an asexual adventurer reflected Herg 's love for the Boy Scouts as well as his Catholic mentor's anti-Soviet ideology—and relates the comic strip to Herg 's own place within the Belgian middle class.
For all his huge success—achieved with almost no formal training—Herg would say unassumingly of his art, "I was just happy drawing little guys, that's all." A profound influence on a generation of artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, the elusive figure of Herg comes to life in this illuminating biography—a deeply nuanced account that unveils the man and his career as never before.
"Highlights yet again that all-too-common divide between the flawed private man and the admirable creative genius.... Those fascinated by the strange lives of creative geniuses may want to read Assouline's fine, if somewhat disillusioning, biography."
—Michael Dirda, Washington Post
"Will inform and edify America's Tintin devotees."
—San Francisco Chronicle
Pierre Assouline, a writer and journalist, has written biographies of Georges Simenon, Herg , and others. He lives in Paris.
Preface Part I: Truths 1. A Life in Gray: 1907-1925 2. Scoutmaster in the Twentieth Century: 1925-1929 3. The Many Births of Tintin: 1929-1934 4. What Chang Taught Herge: 1934-1936 5. Eye of the Storn: 1936-1940 6. The Golden Age: 1940-1944 Part II: Solitude 7. The Plight of the Inciviques: 1944-1946 8. The Dark Years: 1946-1950 Part III: Recognition 9. Toward Fulfillment: 1950-1958 10. The Demon of Purity: 1958-1960 11. Finishing Touches: 1960-1973 12. The End of a Life, the Culmination of his Work: 1973-1983 abbreviations used in notes Notes Select Bibliograohy List of works by Herge Acknowledgments Index
Herge emerges as a comic genius The Independent It is hard to imagine the job being better done. Sunday Times
One of the most beloved characters in all of comics, Tintin won an enormous international following. Translated into dozens of languages, Tintin's adventures have sold millions of copies. Yet, despite Tintin's enduring popularity, Americans know almost nothing about his gifted creator, Georges Remi--better known as Herge. Timed to coincide with Steven Spielberg's long-awaited film The Adventures of Tin Tin: Secret of the Unicorn, here is the first full biography of Herge available for an English-speaking audience, offering a captivating portrait of a man who revolutionized the art of comics. Granted unprecedented access to thousands of the cartoonist's unpublished letters, Assouline gets behind the genial public mask to take full measure of Herge's life and art and the fascinating ways in which the two intertwine. Neither sugarcoating nor sensationalizing his subject, he weighs such controversial issues as Herge's support for Belgian imperialism in the Congo and his alleged collaboration with the Nazis. He also analyzes the underpinnings of Tintin--how the conception of the character as an asexual adventurer reflected Herge's love for the Boy Scouts as well as his Catholic mentor's anti-Soviet ideology--and relates the comic strip to Herge's own place within the Belgian middle class. For all his huge success--achieved with almost no formal training--Herge would say unassumingly of his art, "I was just happy drawing little guys, that's all." A profound influence on a generation of artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, the elusive figure of Herge comes to life in this illuminating biography--a deeply nuanced account that unveils the man and his career as never before.
"Highlights yet again that all-too-common divide between the flawed
private man and the admirable creative genius.... Those fascinated by
the strange lives of creative geniuses may want to read Assouline's
fine, if somewhat disillusioning, biography." --Michael Dirda,
Washington Post "Will inform and edify America's Tintin devotees." --San
Francisco Chronicle
Selling point: Publication will coincide with the new Steven Spielberg film, "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," set to release in December 2011
Author
Pierre Assouline
Year
2011
ISBN-10
0199837279
ISBN-13
9780199837274
Media
Book
Language
English
Translator
Charles Ruas
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Short Title
HERGE
Publication Date
2011-10-13
Pages
276
Imprint
Oxford University Press Inc
Subtitle
The Man Who Created Tintin
Place of Publication
New York
Country of Publication
United States
Audience
General/Trade
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
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