Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jules Feiffer  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1929

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Illinois Connection

Feiffer taught at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jules was raised in The Bronx, New York City, New York, where he graduated from James Monroe High School in 1947. Feiffer is an adjunct professor at Stony Brook Southampton. Previously he taught at the Yale School of Drama and Northwestern University. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Columbia University National Arts Journalism Program. He was in residence at the Arizona State University Barrett Honors College from November 27 to December 2, 2006. In June–August 2009, Feiffer was in residence as a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, where he taught an undergraduate course on graphic humor in the 20th century.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Bark, George /
ISBN: 0062051857. OCLC Number:

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A mother dog tries to teach her pup how to bark, and is surprised at why he wasn't learning.

ISBN: 0062059335. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins World ;. New York :. 2000.

Using a "magical" word from his comic books, Raymond escapes his mother's calls into a series of dangerous adventures.

Backing into forward :
ISBN: 0385531583. OCLC Number:

Nan A. Talese/Doubleday,. New York :. ©2010.

The award-winning cartoonist, playwright, and author delivers a witty, illustrated rendition of his life, from his childhood as a wimpy kid in the Bronx to his legendary career in the arts.

Little murders :
ISBN: 0573611653. OCLC Number:

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I lost my bear /
ISBN: 0688177220. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1998.

When she cannot find her favorite stuffed toy, a young girl asks her mother, father, and older sister for help.

A barrel of laughs, a vale of tears /
ISBN: 0062059262. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. [New York] :. 1998, ©1995.

Prince Roger is sent on a quest, the purpose of which is to turn the carefree young prince into a sober man and worthy monarch. Roger gets everything wrong--except for the meaning of life, and that he gets right. "Feiffer follows "The Man in the Ceiling" with another winner, this time a rollicking medieval farce that pokes fun at medieval farces--and just about everything else--while managing at the same time to be hilarious, engaging and thoroughly entertaining".--"Family Life". Prince Roger sets out eagerly on a quest and finds a few adventures, a lot of friends, a damsel or two in distress (not!) and himself, in the end. A carrier of joy' whose mere presence causes everyone to laugh uncontrollably, Roger finds cruelty and kindness equally amusing, and expects his quest to be a lark. It's anything but: As Roger passes through the Forever Forest, nearly starves at the Dastardly Divide, sees people at their worst in the Valley of Vengeance, and temporarily despairs in the Mountains of Malice, he sobers up, learns to care for others, becomes an expert peacemaker, does Good Deeds, and falls in love with Lady Sadie, who says what she thinks as she repeatedly saves his bacon.'-K. Feiffer's worldly-wise, confiding tone and sense of the absurd are highly congenial, and the drawings are a vintage Feiffer delight.'-Publishers Weekly. 100 Books for Reading and Sharing 1995 (NY Public Library).

The man in the ceiling /
ISBN: 0062059076. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. [New York] :. 1993.

Although not very good at sports or in his schoolwork, Jimmy can draw and dreams of being a great cartoonist; that dream seems within reach when star athlete Charley Beemer suggests they create comics together.

A bad friend /
ISBN: 0822219816. OCLC Number:

Dramatists Play Service, Inc.,. New York :. ©2005.

The house across the street /
ISBN: 0786809108. OCLC Number:

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A boy, looking out a window of his home, thinks about the wonderful life of the boy who lives across the street.

Tantrum /
ISBN: 1560972823. OCLC Number:

Fantagraphics Books,. Seattle, WA :. 1997.

"A novel-in-cartoons about a guy who doesn't want to be a husband anymore, doesn't want to be a daddy anymore, doesn't want to be responsible anymore--and who becomes what he really wants to be: a two year old!"--Publisher description.


  • Pulitzer Prize,
  • The Village Voice

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