The essence of Peanuts is that it entertains us — while it gives us a glimpse of the essence. The fun we know about. But "the essence"?
When Shakespeare died, his friend Ben Jonson penned this now-famous line about his fellow playwright: "He was not of an age but for all time." That's the way it will be for Charles Schulz — whose Feb. 13 death coincided with the publication of his last Peanuts comic strip — and for the same reason. He entertained while holding up a mirror to our human nature.
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