Library Resources for the UC Summer Reading Program
Maus: A Survivor's Tale Volume 1: My Father Bleeds History, by Art Spiegelman
Library Journal review, July 1991 :
"Spiegelman's Maus, A Survivor's Tale (Pantheon, 1987) was a breakthrough, a comic book that gained widespread mainstream attention. The primary story of that book and of this sequel is the experience of Spiegelman's father, Vladek, a Polish Jew who survived the concentration camps of Nazi Germany during World War II. This story is framed by Spiegelman's getting the story from Vladek, which is in turn framed by Spiegelman's working on the book after his father's death and suffering the attendant anxiety and guilt, the ambivalence over the success of the first volume, and the difficulties of his "funny-animal" metaphor. (In both books, he draws the characters as anthropomorphic animals-- Jews are mice, Poles pigs, Germans cats, Americans dogs, and French frogs.) The interconnections and complex characterizations are engrossing, as are the vivid personal accounts of living in the camps. Maus and Maus . . . II are two of the most important works of comic art ever published. Highly recommended, especially for libraries with Holocaust collections. "
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Art Spiegelman, Official Biography from Steven Barclay Agency
Art Spiegelman, The Comic Book Database
Panel Borders: The work of Art Spiegelman, Originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, 11/27/08.
Boxer, Sarah. "Making Comics After Mauschwitz; Art Spiegelman in search of a second act." Slate.com, 10/28/08.
Milzoff, Rebecca. "Art Spiegelman on Breakdowns Redux and the Dark Side of Tina Fey." New York Magazine, 10/08/08.
Thompson, Bob. " 'Toonsmith: Art Spiegelman Gets Graphic About His Life, Career and the Processes of a Comics Universe." The Washington Post, 11/06/08.
Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Virginia Holocaust Museum, Richmond, VA.
Comic Art Research
Comic Arts Collection, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries.
Comic Arts Resource Guide, VCU Libraries.
Several books and articles are available on reserve. Check Reserves Catalog for the course "University College" to review the list of options.