Jules Feiffer

Artist and Writer

One of the most influential cartoonists in the last half of the 20th century, Jules Feiffer has won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartoons (1986), an Academy Award for animation for his animated short, "Munro" (1961), and had his first play “Little Murders” chosen by London’s “Royal Shakespeare Company as it’s first American production (1967), where it won the Best Foreign Play of the Year Award.

Feiffer wrote the screenplay for “Little Murders”, starring Elliott Gould, and directed by Alan Arkin. Feiffer also wrote the play and screenplay, “Carnal Knowledge,” directed by Mike Nichols. The film helped launch the career of Jack Nicholson. Nichols has also directed two other plays by Feiffer.  He also wrote the screenplay for “Popeye,” directed by Robert Altman, which launched the film career of Robin Williams. The screenplay for “I want To Go Home”, a French film directed by Alan Resnais, was also writtne by Feiffer.

Feiffer has written and/or illustrated 14 children’s books, including the now-regarded, children’s classic, The Phantom Tollbooth (illustrated only), and Bark, George (written and illustrated), listed by the New York Public Library as one of the hundred best read-aloud picture books of the 20th century. He has had retrospectives of his cartoons and drawings at the New York Historical Society, The School of Visual Arts, and the Library of Congress.

In 2014, he will have two new books that he wrote and illustrated published, Rupert Can Dance, a picture book for children, and Kill My Mother, a noir graphic novel.

He is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Dramatist Guild Council, and teaches a humor writing class at Stony Brook, Southampton College.