22 March 1925 – 25 September 1959
The fly leaf of this book states, “The inimitable Hoffnung needs no introduction…”
Don’t you just love that? I am afraid that I do, need an introduction. The book was published in the UK (aka Great Britain) in 1957, the year I graduated from High School. And that was a long time ago. So, off to the internet I go to learn about our cartoonist who needs no introduction.
oh, and here is what the fly leaf states.
Well, let us see what his widow has to say in her website,
Here is a partial excerpt from that site.
Gerard Hoffnung was born in Berlin in 1925 and went to London in 1939 as a schoolboy refugee. Although he died at the early age of 34 years, he achieved in his short life enough to fill a whole series of lifetimes. Artist, teacher, cartoonist, caricaturist, musician and tuba player, broadcaster and raconteur, a much sought after speaker at the Oxford and Cambridge Unions and prison visitor, a Quaker – these were all facets of a creative personality.
The site itself, speaks volumes about her not slowing down in her golden years.
The site has a link to merchandise, and re-prints of this book. ( Current price, $17.53 ). Guess I got a deal, at Value Village thrift store in Bellingham, WA. I believe I paid less than a dollar.
Click on over to read the whole biography, and other interesting information.
Wikipedia also has an entry for him, from which I got his date of birth.
Amazon has a page devoted to some of his publications, but not much else.
So, on to cartoons form this book.
The first image in the book,
I found it easier to scan two pages at once.
I don’t think he held music critics in high regard. Maybe other critics…
I understand he played Tuba.
We get into a few Jazz cartoons here. Some of my favorites. Maybe my prurient interest…
Well, back to classical music.
i remember watching the changing of the guard in London. I can see the horse making use of all that ‘stuff’ on his back. If only.
Ah, and now we enter an alternate universe.
Well, let us leave all that.
The “S” cartoon is another favorite.
Well, now we know a bit more about Gerard Hoffnung. At least through his cartoons.
Until next time,