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The Art of Rube Goldberg: (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius
 
 
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Selected by Jennifer George. Adam Gopnik, intro. Al Jaffee, et al., essays.
Publisher Abrams  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9781419708527
Pages/Publication Date 192/2013
Daedalus Item Code 39173
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"Rube Gold•berg. adjective: accomplishing by complex means what seemingly could be done simply; also: characterized by such complex means. also: Rube Gold·berg·i·an" (Merriam-Webster's Dictionary). Not many of us make it into the dictionary as an adjective, but then again, Rube Goldberg (1883–1970) was no ordinary proper noun. A cartoonist, humorist, sculptor, author, engineer, and an actual inventor, Goldberg wrote and illustrated nearly 50,000 cartoons, and remains best known for his comical inventions, which were syndicated in daily newspapers throughout the world. "Goldberg's cartoons touch the edge of modern art," notes Adam Gopnik in his introduction. In this delightful illustrated survey, Jennifer George celebrates all aspects of her grandfather's unparalleled 72-year 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. Here too are essays by comics historians, rare photographs, letters, memorabilia, and patents, while the cover features an animated version of the 1939 cartoon "Simple Way to Get Fresh Orange Juice Upon Awakening," which the reader can activate with a slide of the finger.
 
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