Photo, Print, Drawing "I won the Nobel Prize for literature. What was your crime?"
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About this Item
- "I won the Nobel Prize for literature. What was your crime?"
- Cartoon shows two prisoners in a gulag in the Soviet Union. They split logs in the snow and discuss their crimes as a guard watches them in the distance.
- Mauldin, Bill, 1921-2003, artist
Created / Published
- 1958 Oct. 30 [publication date]
- - Nobel prizes--1950-1960
- - Prisoners--Soviet Union--1950-1960
- - Laborers--Soviet Union--1950-1960
- - Snow--1950-1960
- Editorial cartoons--1950-1960.
- Editorial cartoons--1950-1960
- - Caption label from exhibit of digital copy in "Swann Gallery":Civil Rights in Russia. This imagined scene shows Russian writer Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) and a fellow prisoner splitting logs and discussing their "crimes." Bill Mauldin won his second Pulitzer Prize in 1959 for this cartoon in which he sharply criticizes the Soviet Union for not allowing Pasternak to travel to accept his Nobel Prize for literature. Perhaps best known for his World War II cartoons, Mauldin went on to produce many cartoons championing the oppressed, particularly those being deprived of their civil rights.
- - Gift; Bill Mauldin; 1975; (DLC/PP-1975:078.1611).
- - Bill Mauldin received the 1959 Pulitzer Prize for cartooning for this cartoon.
- - Forms part of the Papers of Bill Mauldin (Library of Congress).
- - Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 30, 1958.
- - Exhibited in 'Drawing the Iron Curtain,' Oval Gallery, 1996 and 'American Treasures,' Great Hall, 1997.
- - Exhibited: "Wit and Humor: American Political Cartoons", at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, 1000 George Bush Drive, West College Station, TX, July 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020.
- 1 drawing on layered paper : ink, crayon, and white out over pencil ; sheet 42 x 31.9 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
- CD 1 - Mauldin, no. 514 (B size)
- Papers of Bill Mauldin (Library of Congress) Cartoon Drawings (Library of Congress)
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
- ppmsca 03231 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.03231
- cph 3c16324 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c16324
Library of Congress Control Number
- LC-DIG-ppmsca-03231 (digital file from original) LC-USZ62-116324 (b&w film copy neg.)
- No copyright notice found with object.
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- Call Number: CD 1 - Mauldin, no. 514 (B size)
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Mauldin, Bill, Artist. "I won the Nobel Prize for literature. What was your crime?". Soviet Union, 1958. [publication date] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016687130/.
APA citation style:
Mauldin, B. (1958) "I won the Nobel Prize for literature. What was your crime?". Soviet Union, 1958. [publication date] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2016687130/.
MLA citation style:
Mauldin, Bill, Artist. "I won the Nobel Prize for literature. What was your crime?". [publication date] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2016687130/>.