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American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar
by Harvey Pekar
Binding: Paperback, 1 edition, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Weight: 1.85 pound
Dimension: H: 0.9 x L: 10.8 x W: 8.2 inches
ISBN 10: 0345468309
ISBN 13: 9780345468307
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Book Description:
The inspiration for the award winning movie
from HBO Films and Fine Line Features

AMERICAN SPLENDOR
The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar

Two classic comic anthologies in one volume

Stories by Harvey Pekar

Introduction by R. Crumb

Art by Kevin Brown, Gregory Budgett, Sean Carroll, Sue Cavey, R. Crumb, Gary Dumm, Val Mayerik, and Gerry Shamray

The classic collection of the comics that inspired the movie American Splendor, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival

American Splendor is the world s first literary comic book. Cleveland native Harvey Pekar is a true American original. A V.A. hospital file clerk and comic book writer, Harvey chronicles the ordinary and mundane in stories both funny and touching. His dead on eye for the frustrations and minutiae of the workaday world mix in a delicate balance with his insight into personal relationships. Pekar has been compared to Dreiser, Dostoevsky, and Lenny Bruce. But he is truly more than all of them he is himself.

Mr. Pekar has . . . proven that comics can address the ambiguities of daily living, that like the finest fiction, they can hold a mirror up to life.
The New York Times

Pekar has a vision that makes daily city life a ride on the bus, a run in with a boss, or simply buying bread dramatic.
Chicago Sun Times

Simply stated, American Splendor is the most superb literary endeavor to come off the streets of Cleveland in decades.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

Mr. Pekar lets all of life flood into his panels: the humdrum and the heroic, the gritty and the grand.
The New York Times Book Review


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