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New book celebrates HERBLOCK’s 100th birthday

From the press release:

To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of political cartoonist Herbert Block (Herblock), the Library of Congress and the Herb Block Foundation, in association with W. W. Norton & Company, have published “HERBLOCK: The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist.” Authors Haynes Johnson and Harry L. Katz will discuss this retrospective volume work at noon on Thursday, Oct. 15, in Dining Room C, located on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored jointly by the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division, the Publishing Office and the Center for the Book.

Arranged chronologically, the book illustrates the influence of history on Herblock’s work as well as his influence on historical events as they unfolded. As a bonus, the book is packaged with a DVD that contains more than 18,000 cartoons.

Born in Chicago on Oct. 13, 1909, Herbert Lawrence Block was a groundbreaking, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist whose career spanned nearly three quarters of a century and 13 American presidencies. Block began his is career as a professional cartoonist in 1929, working for the Chicago Daily News and the Newspaper Enterprise Association Service. In 1946, he joined The Washington Post, where he remained for 55 years, until his death in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 7, 2001. Syndicated throughout the country, his cartoons focused on important events of the timeâ??from the stock-market crash in 1929 through the new millennium beginning in 2000â??making complex issues seem simple and moral choices clear.

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