Feiffer, Jules

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Jules Feiffer was born January 26, 1929 in the Bronx, NY. He attended Art Student's League and Pratt Institute. He is married with two daughters. He is a play writer, cartoonist and satirist. His cartoons have appeared in the Village Voice>, New York City, Observer>, London and others. His cartoons are syndicated and distributed to more than one hundred newspapers in the United States and abroad. He is a member of the faculty of Yale University Drama School. Mr. Feiffer has won numberous awards and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for editorial cartooning. 1993 marked his official debut as a children's author with the publication of The Man in the Ceiling> . His books for children have been highly acclaimed by reviewers because of the feelings evoked and his minimalism and eloquence in words and drawing. Biographical Source: Something About The Author>, vol. 111, p. 45-50

From the guide to the Jules Feiffer Papers, 1961, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

American playwright, cartoonist, author, and illustrator Jules Feiffer was named the most promising playwright by the New York Drama Critics in 1966-1967 for his play, Little Murders .

Born on January 26, 1929, in the Bronx, New York, Feiffer has written over twenty plays and several novels; he has also created numerous books of cartoons and illustrated children's books. For decades Feiffer created a syndicated comic strip and contributed cartoons to the Village Voice (1956-1997), The London Observer (1958-1666, 1972-2000), and Playboy .

Jules Feiffer has won a Pulitzer Prize (1986) for editorial cartooning; an Obie for his plays; an Academy Award for the animation of his cartoon satire, Munro (1961); and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Writers Guild of America (2007) and the National Cartoonist Society (2003).

"Jules Feiffer." Contemporary Authors Online. (reproduced in Gale Biography In Context). http://ic.galegroup.com (accessed July 2011). "Jules Feiffer." http://www.julesfeiffer.com (accessed July 2011).

From the guide to the Little Murders : second draft screenplay, 1970 May 25, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Biographical Note

  • 1929, Jan. 26: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1946: Attended Art Students League, New York, N.Y.
  • 1946 - 1951 : Assistant to cartoonist Will Eisner for comic book “The Spirit”
  • 1947 - 1951 : Attended Pratt Institute Art School, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • 1949 - 1951 : Syndicated cartoon strip, “Clifford”
  • 1951 - 1953 : United States Army, Signal Corps; worked in cartoon animation unit
  • 1953 - 1956 : Held various positions in the art field, including producer of slide films, writer for CBS Films, Inc. “Terrytoons,” and designer of booklets
  • 1956 - 1997 : Published cartoon strip in the Village Voice originally entitled “Sick, Sick, Sick,” soon changed to “Feiffer”
  • 1957: Published Passionella and Other Stories (New York: McGraw Hill. 190 pp.)
  • 1958: Published Sick, Sick, Sick (New York: McGraw Hill. 130 pp.) Illustrated My Mind Went All to Pieces by Robert Mines (New York: Dial Press. 93 pp.)
  • 1959: Began syndicating his cartoon strip, “Feiffer” Published The Unexpurgated Memoirs of Bernard Mergendeiler (New York: Random House. 85 pp.)
  • 1960: Published The Explainers (New York: McGraw Hill. 120 pp.)
  • 1961: Married Judith Sheftel (divorced 1983) Published Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl (New York: Random House. 120 pp.) Illustrated The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster (New York: Epstein & Carroll. 256 pp.) Recipient, George Polk Memorial Award
  • 1963: Published Harry, the Rat with Women (New York: McGraw Hill. 181 pp.),Hold Me! (New York: Random House. unpaged.), Feiffer's Album (New York: Random House. 132 pp.) , and Crawling Arnold (New York : Dramatists Play Service. 23 pp.)
  • 1965: Published Great Comic Book Heroes (New York: Dial Press. 189 pp.)
  • 1966: Published The Penguin Feiffer (Harmondworth, U.K.: Penguin. [121] pp.)
  • 1967: Published Feiffer's Marriage Manual (New York: Random House. 60 pp.)
  • 1968: Published Little Murders (New York: Random House. 113 pp.)
  • 1970: Published The White House Murder Case: A Play in Two Acts & Dick and Jane: A One-Act Play (New York: Grove Press. 122 pp.)
  • 1971: Published Carnal Knowledge: A Screenplay (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 117 pp.)
  • 1973 - 1974 : Taught at Yale Drama School, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1974: Published Feiffer on Nixon: The Cartoon Presidency (New York: Random House. 64 pp.)
  • 1976: Published Knock, Knock: A Play (New York: Hill and Wang. 120 pp.)
  • 1977: Published Ackroyd: A Novel (New York: Simon and Schuster. 349 pp.) and Hold Me! An Entertainment (New York: Dramatists Play Service. 52 pp.)
  • 1979: Published Tantrum: A Novel in Cartoons (New York: Knopf. 183 pp.)
  • 1982: Published Jules Feiffer's America: From Eisenhower to Reagan, edited by Steven Heller (New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 254 pp.), and Grown Ups: A Play (New York: Samuel French. 92 pp.)
  • 1983: Married Jennifer Allen
  • 1984: Published Marriage Is an Invasion of Privacy, and Other Dangerous Views(Kansas City, Kan.: Andrews, McMeel & Parker. 128 pp.)
  • 1986: Received Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoons, a lifetime achievement award
  • 1988: Published Ronald Reagan in Movie America (Kansas City, Kan.: Andrews, McMeel & Parker. 128 pp.)
  • 1990: Published Elliot Loves: A Play (New York: Grove Press. 82 pp.)
  • 1993: Published The Man in the Ceiling (New York: HarperCollins. 185 pp.)
  • 1995: Published A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears (New York: HarperCollins. 180 pp.)
  • 1997: Published Meanwhile (New York: HarperCollins. 30 pp.)
  • 1998: Published I Lost My Bear (New York : Morrow Junior Books. circa 40 pp.)
  • 1999: Pulished Bark, George (New York: HarperCollins. 30 pp.)

From the guide to the Jules Feiffer Papers, 1919-1995, (bulk 1950-1990), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Jules Feiffer Papers, 1919-1995, (bulk 1950-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Ohio State University. Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Jules Feiffer 1929- biographical file. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Arts Theatre and Unicorn Theatre Archive, 1902-1982 V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1850-2020 (inclusive), 1936-2008 (bulk) Houghton Library
referencedIn William Wolf film & theater interview collection sound recordings The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Little Murders : second draft screenplay, 1970 May 25 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Miscellaneous screen, stage, and radio scripts, ca. 1859-2007. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Jules Feiffer Papers, 1961 University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections
referencedIn American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge, Mass.). Prompt books and related materials, 1961-2006. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Bobbye S. Ortiz Papers, (bulk, 1919-1993 and undated, 1950-1990) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Will Eisner Collection, 1934-1983 The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
referencedIn John Eugene Unterecker Papers, 1961-1987 Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
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associatedWith Eisner, William Erwin person
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United States
American drama
American fiction
Caricatures and cartoons
Dramatists, American
Motion picture plays, American


Birth 1929-01-26




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