Jules Feiffer

On this date in 1929, cartoonist, playwright and author Jules Feiffer was born in the Bronx, New York, and studied at Pratt Institute (1947-1951). His weekly editorial cartoon appeared in the Village Voice for 42 years. Feiffer won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1986. His cartoons have been published in 19 books. Feiffer's antimilitary animated cartoon, "Munro," won an Academy Award in 1961. Feiffer's comedy, "Little Murders" (1967), won an Obie. Among his other plays and revues is "Knock Knock" (1976), which had a 1976 Broadway run starring Lynn Redgrave. Feiffer wrote the screenplay for the film "Carnal Knowledge" (1971), which spawned censorship and lawsuits. His cartoons in particular skewered Presidents Johnson and Nixon. Feiffer retired from cartooning to devote more time to writing children's books. He is adjunct professor at Southampton College, and has taught at Yale and Northwestern.

“Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?”

—Jules Feiffer, quote cited widely on Internet, and by Warren Allen Smith in Who's Who in Hell

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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