The Art of Rube Goldberg

(A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius

By Jennifer George; Rube Goldberg; Rube Goldberg (Illustrator)
(Abrams Comicarts, Hardcover, 9781419708527, 192pp.)

Publication Date: November 2013

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Not many of us make it into the dictionary as an adjective. But then again, Rube Goldberg was no ordinary noun. He was a cartoonist, humorist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor, and in a 72-year career he wrote and illustrated nearly 50,000 cartoons. Goldberg (1883 1970) was the most famous cartoonist of his time, best known for his comical inventions, which were syndicated in daily newspapers throughout the world. Author Jennifer George celebrates all aspects of her grandfather's career, from his very first published drawings in his high school newspaper and college yearbook to his iconic inventions, his comic strips and advertising work, and his later sculpture and Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoons. Also included are essays by noted comics historians, rare photographs, letters, memorabilia, and patents, many reproduced here for the first time. Brilliantly designed and packaged to capture the inventiveness of Rube Goldberg's work, "The Art of Rube Goldberg "is a coffee table book the whole family can enjoy.
From "Merriam-Webster's Dictionary"

Rube Gold.berg. "adjective "\rub- g l(d)- b rg\: accomplishing by complex means

what seemingly could be done simply; "also" characterized by such complex means. "also" Rube

Goldberg's cartoons touch the edge of modern art.

Adam Gopnik, from his introduction

About the Author
Jennifer George is a well-published professor as is now the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management in the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. She is co-author of the aforementioned organizational behavior book. She received her BA from Wesleyan University and her MBA & PhD from New York University.

Famed illustrator and cartoonist.

Famed illustrator and cartoonist.

Saturday, Jan 4, 2014

The term "Rube Goldberg machine" has become shorthand for a convoluted contraption made up of a series of chain reactions. But Goldberg was also a real person, whose ideas for whimsical devices have captivated imaginations for decades. More at

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