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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Herbert Lawrence Block  

Pen Name: Herblock, Herbert Block

Genre: Editorial Cartooning Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1909 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Block was born and raised in Chicago. He started taking art classes part-time at the Chicago Art Institute when he was 11 years old and attended Lake Forest College for two years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Herbert Block was an editorial cartoonist and author best known for his commentaries on national domestic and foreign policy. He began his career with the Chicago Daily News as an editorial-page cartoonist. After serving two years in the United States Army, he started working for the Washington Post in 1946. He adopted his "Herblock" signature when he was in high school and his career stretched nine decades.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Herblock Special Report
ISBN: 039300838X

W. W. Norton & Company. 1976

“A rare and insightful book on the Nixon career from shifty California congressman to criminal-but-pardoned ex-president by the man who battled him from a drawing board for twenty-six years―and won. In 450 pungent cartoons accompanied by a witty, wry text, the nation’s No. 1 cartoonist has produced a unique history that lays out the whole Nixon record.” ―Tom Engelhardt, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This book obviously does not set out a complete record of the Nixon scandals or of the Nixon career. It doesn't even include all the cartoons about Nixon or relating to him―which probably number more than those Block did on almost any other public figure (good or bad), including such long-in-the-limelight persons as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. It does include a large number of the Nixon cartoons, along with dates of some incidents, and comments and recollections about their subject―a political career which in some way has affected all of us.

Herblock on All Fronts (A Plume book)
ISBN: 0452252660

Plume. 1981

A collection of cartoons and text by Pulitzer Prize winner Herbert Block.

Herblock Through the Looking Glass
ISBN: 0393302164

W. W. Norton & Company. 1985

“Herblock is the most perceptive political analyst in America―he writes as well as he draws, in lucid, trenchant English. His comments, in drawings and in prose, are hard-hitting but never nasty. He’s a national treasure.” ―Philadelphia Inquirer

America’s foremost political cartoonist on the Reagan years in words and pictures―fourteen chapters illustrated with 490 cartoons by the tree-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

Herblock At Large
ISBN: 0517050838

Random House Value Publishing. 1990

A Signed Copy!!! You are bidding on HERBLOCK AT LARGE HC W/DJ 1987 WASHINGTON POST POLITICAL CARTOONS. 224 pages, black and white political cartoons, lots of Ronald Reagan!

Herblock: A Cartoonist's Life
ISBN: 0812930541

Three Rivers Press. 1998

The famed political cartoonist shares reminiscences of his nearly five decades working in the nation's capital, offering anecdotes about the personalities he has met, detailing his own political views, and offering commentary of American politics

Bella and Me: Life in the Service of a Cat
ISBN: 1566250528

Bonus Books. 1995

The award-winning cartoonist describes and illustrates life with his cat, Bella, relating how he found her and how she gradually took over his home

Herblock's history : political cartoons from the crash to the millennium

University of Michigan Library. 2000

Block, Herbert. Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millennium. Herblock's History. Washington D.C., Libary of Congres, 2000. 23 cm x 23 cm. 64 pages. With many black-and-white illustrations throughout the book. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Includes for example the following essays: Herblock's History by Harry L.Katz / The Cartoon by Herbert Block / Portfolio of Herblock Cartoons etc etc.


His many awards included the following