Why a Maus?

an exploration/explanation of Spiegelman's artistic style

complete with too much information about comic books


Art Spiegelman has managed, with Maus, to be the first cartoonist to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for literature. With this comic, he attempts something unusual and, in some ways, bizarre: He uses the comic book, traditionally the stomping grounds of pure fiction, to tell a true story. And in telling it, he uses means and images less realistic than those we are used to in the format. That is, he portrays people as anthropomorphized animals: Mice, pigs, dogs, cats, moose, frogs, moths.


Works Cited

(Note: Any and all links in this section lead to web-published versions of these texts, which have different citations than the ones listed here.)

Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Murders in the Rue Morgue,"The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe New York: Vintage Books, 1975.

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe New York: Vintage Books, 1975.


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