Studs Terkel's Working

Studs Terkel's Working

A Graphic Adaptation

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Baker & Taylor
Transforms sixteen short oral histories originally published in "Working" into graphic novel vignettes, including stories from a stock broker, a labor organizer, a proofreader, a gravedigger, a mail carrier, and a jazz musician.

Book News
The late Studs Terkel is best known for his oral histories of common American people. His 1974 book, Working, collecting stories in which (as the subtitle read) People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, was critically acclaimed and has already been adapted into a Broadway show and a radio broadcast. Now, Harvey Pekar, the underground comic book writer best known for his autobiographical American Splendor, working together with 16 other comic artists, has transformed the oral histories of a stock broker, a labor organizer, a supermarket box boy, a proofreader, an airline reservationist, a gravedigger, a mail carrier, a jazz musician, and others originally appearing in the pages of Working into a graphic novel that visually depicts, in widely varying styles, the everyday experiences of labor in the United States. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
"Working has been a book, a radio drama, a Broadway musical, and now a gripping graphic novel. I can't speak for Studs, but I suspect he would have been tickled to see it adapted by a former government file clerk and wage slave, who knows all about working." --Roger Ebert

In the thirty-five years since Pulitzer Prize-winner Studs Terkel's Working was first published, it has captivated millions of readers with lyrical and heartbreaking accounts of how their fellow citizens earn a living. Widely regarded as a masterpiece of words, it is now adapted into comic book form by comics legend Harvey Pekar, the blue-collar antihero of his American Book Award-winning comics series American Splendor.

In Studs Terkel's Working, Pekar offers a brilliant visual adaptation of Terkel's verbatim interviews, collaborating with both established comics veterans and some of the comic underground's brightest new talent. Here are riveting accounts of the lives of ordinary Americans--farmers, miners, barbers, hookers, box boys, stockbrokers--depicted with unsurpassed dignity and frankness. A visual treat with a visceral impact, Studs Terkel's Working will delight Terkel fans everywhere, and introduce his most powerful work to a new generation.

Publisher: New York : New Press, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781595583215
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC PEKAR...H
Characteristics: xxv, 197 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Notes: Adaptation of: Working : people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do / Studs Terkel. New York : Pantheon Books, 1974


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