The first cartoonist commissioned by The New York Times
to create comic strips for their Op-Ed page, Jules Feiffer has been honored with major retrospectives at the New York Historical Society, the Library of Congress and The School of Visual Arts. From his Village Voice
editorial cartoons (see Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips, 1956-1966
) to his plays and screenplays including Little Murders
and Carnal Knowledge
, Feiffer's satirical outlook has helped define Americans politically, sexually and socially.
Writings and illustrations for children and young adult books include:The Man in the Ceiling
, A Room with a Zoo
and Bark, George!
Feiffer has taught at the Yale School of Drama, Northwestern University, Dartmouth, and presently at Stony Brook Southampton College. His memoir, Backing into Forward
(Doubleday 2010), relates how persistent failure inspired him to reinvent himself as an artist over and over.