A richly illustrated book in which leading cultural critics, authors, and academics reflect on the radical achievement and innovation of Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Maus
It is hard to overstate Art Spiegelman's effect on postwar American culture. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author is one of our most influential contemporary artists, and his masterpiece Maus has shaped the fields of literature, history, and art. Collecting responses to the work that confirm its unique and terrain-shifting status, Maus Now is a new collection of essays that sees writers such as Philip Pullman, Robert Storr, Ruth Franklin, and others approaching the complexity of Maus from a wide range of viewpoints and traditions.
Offering translations of important French, Hebrew, and German essays on Maus for the first time, this collection edited by American literary scholar Hillary Chute - an expert on comics and graphic narratives - assembles the world's best writing on this classic work of graphic
Chute has been leading the charge with some of the most sophisticated comics criticism to date ― TLS
The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust ― Wall Street Journal on MAUS
The first masterpiece in comic book history ― New Yorker on MAUS
Wonderful . . . Chute's often lovely, sensitive discussions of individual expression in independent comics seem so right and true ― New York Times Book Review on Why Comics?
About the Author
Art Spiegelman has been a staff artist and contributing editor at the New Yorker, as well as the cofounder/coeditor of RAW, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comics and graphics. In addition to Maus - which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and twice nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award - he is the author of Breakdowns and In the Shadow of No Towers. In September 2022, the National Book Foundation announced that he would receive the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in New York City with his wife, Françoise Mouly, and a cat named Voodoo.
Hillary Chute is an English and Art & Design professor, comics and graphic novels columnist for The New York Times Book Review, and the author or editor of six previous books, including Art Spiegelman's MetaMAUS.