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October 7, 1996

Jules Feiffer To Donate Papers and Drawings to Library of Congress

Lecture and Exhibition to Mark Donation

Cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter, and novelist Jules Feiffer has agreed to donate his papers and several hundred original cartoon drawings and book illustrations to the Library of Congress. A lecture by Mr. Feiffer and an exhibition will mark the event.

On Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., Mr. Feiffer will present an illustrated talk in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. The program, sponsored by the Center for the Book in cooperation with the Library's Prints and Photographs Division, is free and open to the public.

The following day, on Oct. 19, an exhibition of his works will open in the first floor foyer of the Madison Building, and remain on display through Jan. 31, 1997. Hours for the exhibition are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The exhibition will include 100 drawings, manuscripts, posters and illustrations representing Feiffer's contributions as cartoonist, dramatist, screenwriter and author/illustrator. It chronicles Feiffer's early development as a cartoonist and features a large selection of cartoons drawn for the Village Voice between 1956 and 1996. Manuscripts related to his award winning scripts for plays and films, as well as illustrations from several recent books for children, will also be shown.

The exhibition has been prepared with support from the Caroline and Erwin Swann Memorial Fund for Caricature and Cartoon. The Swann Fund supports an ongoing program of preservation, publication, exhibition and acquisition in the field of cartoon, caricature, and illustration.

For 40 years, the quality and variety of Feiffer's work have won him international recognition and numerous awards that reflect the remarkable diversity of his achievements. These honors include a 1961 Academy Award for the animated version of his short story Munro, and the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.In 1995, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Feiffer first attracted national attention in Oct. 1956 when he introduced in the pages of the Village Voice an innovative cartoon feature that elevated the genre to new heights of sophisticated social and political satire. First called "Sick, Sick, Sick," and later simply "Feiffer," it was a comic strip for grownups. Witty, cynical, ironic, sometimes abstract and often angry, Feiffer's cartoon commentaries helped extend the limits of acceptable intellectual discourse during the early Cold War era. During the turbulent 1960s, Feiffer's graphic ruminations on civil rights, relations between the sexes, poverty, the peace movement, the generation gap and the Vietnam War struck a responsive chord. To expand the scope of his literary talents and reach a broader audience, Feiffer began writing novels, plays and films. He published his first novel, Harry the Rat with Women, in 1963. Theatrical success came in 1967 with the London opening of his first full length play, "Little Murders," a dark satire on family life. Subsequent productions such as "The White House Murder Case" (1970), and the film version of his play "Carnal Knowledge" (1971), solidified Feiffer's reputation as a leading American dramatist and one of the most influential, provocative, and versatile satirists in America.

Over the past two decades, Feiffer has continued his literary and artistic achievement, with plays, a screenplay for the 1980 film "Popeye," and more recently two illustrated books for preadolescents: The Man in the Ceiling (1993) and A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears (1995). His early plays continue in repertory throughout the country and "Feiffer" still appears each week in the Village Voice and syndication.

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PR 96-136
10/7/96
ISSN 0731-3527

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