Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front

"The surest way to become a pacifist is to join the infantry." Bill Mauldin, Up Front (1945)

At the end of World War II, Bill Mauldin was famous as the creator of cartoons that depicted the everyday plights of American soldiers, “dogfaces” as he called them. The cartoons made him a hero to his fellow soldiers; they earned him the wrath of General George S. Patton who threatened to throw him in jail. Born into humble circumstances in Mountain Park, New Mexico, Mauldin went on to win two Pulitzer Prizes (the first at age 23), published numerous collections of his cartoons, ran for Congress and worked as an actor.

This coming Thursday night, author and historian, Todd DePastino will present a slide show discussion of Mauldin's famous World War II cartoons and discuss his recently published biography entitled Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front.

Mr. DePastino’s presentation will reveal the irreverent originality that made Mauldin not only the most widely known cartoonist of World War II but also the most endeared among his fellow enlisted soldiers.

Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front
Thursday, April 3, 2008, 7-8:30pm in the Community Room of the Main Library, 145 Washington Ave.
This program is free and open to the public.

Posted by TG at Main

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