Studs Terkel's Working

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Studs Terkel's Working

A Graphic Adaptation

By Harvey Pekar; Paul Butler; Paul Buhle (Editor)

New Press, Paperback, 9781595583215, 208pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

""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.

About the Author
Harvey Pekar (1939-2010) was a comic book writer and author of the autobiographical American Splendor series, which was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film. Pekar was also a prolific jazz and book critic.

Paul Butler is a consultant neuroradiologist at The Royal London Hospital, London.

Paul Buhle teaches American Civilization at Brown University. His many previous books include "Taking Care of Business: Samuel Gompers, George Meany, Lane Kirkland", and "The Tragedy of American Labor".