9781421404547

Herge, Son of Tintin

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  • ISBN13:

    9781421404547

  • ISBN10:

    1421404540

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-11-22
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr

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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 Vintieme Siecle 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 recently uncovered and yet untapped primary sources, Peeters reveals Remi as a neurotic man who sought to escape his psychologically troubled past by subsuming his own identity into Hergé's. 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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Georges Rem I (1907-I927)
Whitep. 3
Grayp. 5
Blackp. 16
Le Petit VingtièMe (1927-1934)
The Doorway to Le Vingtième Sièclep. 27
The Birth of Tintinp. 34
A Young Man on the Pagep. 42
The Conquerorp. 52
Under the Sign of Kih-Oskhp. 62
Chinese Ink (1934-I940)
Another Worldp. 73
Learning the Storyp. 82
Counterfeit Moneyp. 89
History on the Spotp. 97
The West, Always the Westp. 102
Spoils Of War (1940-1944)
The Street-Singer's Careerp. 111
Here We Are, Captain!p. 120
An Unlucky Starp. 128
The Color Warp. 136
This Castle Is No Longer for Salep. 143
Anxietiesp. 149
Intermittences (1944-1953)
The Hangoverp. 159
The Launch of Tintinp. 171
The Forty-Year Alarmp. 178
The Terrible Yearp. 190
Hergé Has Disappeared!p. 209
Asking for the Moonp. 218
A Black Holep. 226
Chillsp. 233
The Boss (1953-1959)
The Middle Yearsp. 247
Fannyp. 260
"International Tintin"p. 264
The Demon of Purityp. 269
Monsieur Herge (1960-1983)
The Final Bouquetp. 285
The Studio Trapp. 291
Another Lifep. 300
Building the Mythp. 306
A Time of Pretensesp. 322
The Alpha and the Omegap. 326
Epilogue: An Impossible Legacyp. 335
Appendix: Character Names in French and Englishp. 341
Notesp. 343
Bibliographyp. 577
Index of Namesp. 385
Index of Works by Hergep. 392
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