Hergé, Son of Tintin

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JHU Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 394 pages
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Tintinology [tin-tin-ol-uh-jee] noun — The study of the works of comic creator Hergé and the cultural impact of Tintin, his best-known and most influential character.

The adventures of Tintin and his dog, Snowy, have captivated people worldwide since they first appeared as an insert in the Belgian Catholic newspaper Le Vintième Siècle in 1929. Available for the first time in English, this insightful biography delves deep into the psyche of Tintin creator Georges Remi and his public persona Hergé.

Author of the critically acclaimed Tintin and the World of Hergé and the last person to interview Remi, Benoît Peeters tells the complete story behind Hergé’s origins and shows how and why the nom de plume grew into a larger-than-Remi personality as Tintin’s popularity exploded. Drawing on interviews and using recently uncovered primary sources for the first time, Peeters reveals Remi as a neurotic man who sought to escape the troubles of his past by allowing Hergé’s identity to subsume his own. As Tintin adventured, Hergé lived out a romanticized version of life for Remi.

Millions have traveled alongside Tintin and Snowy through books, animated television series, theatrical performances, exhibitions, documentaries, and movies, including Steven Spielberg’s fall 2011 The Adventures of Tintin. Now Tintinologists have the opportunity to better understand the complex and sometimes dark personality of Tintin’s creator and his carefully crafted public persona.

  

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Review: Hergé, Son of Tintin

User Review  - JR - Goodreads

How a book by a Belgian cartoonist made its way to a small mining community in Pennsylvania, I haven't a clue. But this introduction to TinTin confirmed me a fan and contributed to my own early ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jg Paul - Goodreads

A thoughtful, highly-readable account of the life of the enigmatic Hergé. Peeters makes great use of a range of documentary records--not just the Tintin canon, which he mines for biographical remnants ... Read full review

Contents

LE PETIT VINGTIÈME 19271934
25
CHINESE INK 19341940
71
Illustrations
96
SPOILS OF WAR 19401944
109
INTERMITTENCES 19441953
157
THE BOSS 19531959
245
MONSIEUR HERGÉ 19601983
283
An Impossible Legacy
335
Character Names in French and English
341
Notes
343
Bibliography
377
Index of Names
385
Index of Works
392
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About the author (2012)

Comics writer, novelist, and critic, Benoît Peeters is one of the most highly regarded Tintinologists in the world. His most recent book is Derrida, a biography of Jacques Derrida.