Backing Into Forward

Backing Into Forward

A Memoir

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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The award-winning cartoonist, playwright, and author delivers a witty, illustrated rendition of his life, from his childhood as a wimpy kid in the Bronx to his legendary career in the arts.

 A gifted storyteller who has delighted readers and theater audiences for decades, Jules Feiffer now turns his talents to the tale of his own life.

 Plagued by learning problems, a controlling mother, and a debilitating sense of fear, Feiffer embarked on his first cartoon apprenticeship at the age of seventeen, emboldened only by a passion for success and an aptitude for failure. He vividly recalls those transformative years working under the legendary Will Eisner, and later, after he was drafted into the army, his evolution from "smart-ass kid into an enraged satirist." Backing into Forward also traces Feiffer's love life, from a doomed hitchhiking trip to reclaim his high-school sweetheart to losing his virginity in Greenwich Village, and his road to marriage and fatherhood.

 At the center of this journey is Feiffer's prolific creativity. In dazzling detail, he recounts the birth of his subversive graphic novella Munro , his entrée into New York's literary salons, collaborations with film greats Mike Nichols, Robert Altman, and Jack Nicholson, and other major turning points. Brimming with wry punch lines, slices of Americana, and pithy social commentary, Backing into Forward charts Feiffer's rise as an unlikely and incisive provocateur during the conformist fifties and the Vietnam and Civil Rights sixties and seventies.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385531580
Branch Call Number: B FEIFFER JULES
Characteristics: 440 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Aug 09, 2018

The book bogs down in the middle to lists of famous people he was hanging out with, but his account of coming of age in the various repressions of the 1950's is compelling.

multcolib_central Jul 10, 2014

The Pulitzer Price and Oscar winning cartoonist who also wrote the beloved story-time book "Bark, George" and illustrated one of my childhood shows "the Phantom Tollbooth" has written this memoir in his own way and unique voice. Cartooning "saved his life". Will reading this book save yours?


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