Addams’ Apple: The New York Cartoons of Charles Addams by Sarah M. Henry
Hardcover – Pomegranate – 2020 – 160 pages
Amusingly strange and curiously compelling, Charles Addams’ cartoons give a sly wink and a nod to scenes of everyday life in New York, Addams-style. His dark wit and deft hand lend themselves to subterranean themes of love and relationships, secrets and obsessions, subway stations and Lady Liberty. In Addams’ Apple: The New York Cartoons of Charles Addams, we witness an artist inspired by the quirks of his fellow New Yorkers and the singular nature of their city—itself one of Addams’ characters.
In her foreword, Sarah M. Henry (Museum of the City of New York) highlights Addams’ offbeat insights into the institutions and mindsets that define the city’s culture. Luc Sante’s preface explores Addams’ unique place in American culture.
Addams’ Apple presents more than 150 cartoons created by Chas Addams (American, 1912–1988) throughout his prolific career; some have never been published before.