Our Miserable Life Is A Collection Of Drawings Which Includes A Motley Of God S Creatures Men, Women, Dogs, Cats, Birds In Various Dilemmas, Predicaments, And Vexed Straits, And Which, On The Whole, Bears Out The Title S Suggestion That Life Is A Crock Than It S A Bowl Of Cherries Some Of The Troubles Afflicting These Persons Are Obscure, Although All Are Obviously Of A Grave Nature, And Yet We Laugh When We Look At Them, For Steig Is A Comic Artist In The Same Sense That Charlie Chaplin Was Chaplin Could Show Us Naked Despair, And The Death Of Hope In The Little People Of This World, And Leave Us Strangling With Laughter Even As Our Hearts Went Out In Sympathy So Steig, Who Never Ridicules His People, And Who Has No Meanness In Him, Makes Us Laugh At Their Condition, Because We Know That But For The Temporary Grace Of Someone Or Other, We Could Be In The Same Fix, And When Things Get That Bad, Laughter Is The Only Reasonable Response.
William Steig was born in New York City in 1907 In a family where every member was involved in the arts, it was not surprising that Steig became an artist He published his first children s book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968, embarking on a new and very different career.Steig s books reflect his conviction that children want the security of a devoted family and friends When Sylvester, Farmer
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- Our Miserable Life
- William Steig
- 20 May 2017 William Steig