Art Spiegelman: Maus: A Survivor's Tale

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  • David Andrew Loman (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Art Spiegelman’s celebrated graphic narrative Maus: A Survivor’s Tale tells two intertwined stories: the desperate struggle of his parents, Jews living in Poland in the 1930s and 1940s, to survive the Nazis’ Final Solution; and his own difficult, frequently adversarial relationship with his father in 1980s New York State. A masterpiece of comics art, Maus was published serially in the 1980s and early 1990s and collected in two volumes, the first published in 1986 and the second in 1991; lacking a category that might include Maus, the Pulitzer board conferred a special Pulitzer on Spiegelman in 1992.

To those readers only superficially acquainted with ambitious or serious comics – a large category that …

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Loman, David Andrew. "Maus: A Survivor's Tale". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 January 2011
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Comics and the Graphic Novel
  2. Holocaust Literature