Teaching: Gallic Comic

To Mary Kincaid. an Ann Arbor housewife, it seemed a shame that little boys all around were quitting French classes out of boredom. She herself had minored in French at the University of Michigan, practiced it in Paris, and developed a passion for French literature. Not long ago, she reread Victor Hugo's Les Misérables and observed, "Hugo has more adventure than Davy Crockett"—a thought that led readily to the idea of putting Hugo into a comic strip.

Amateur Cartoonist Kincaid's Contes Français now reaches 1,209,000 subscribers to five daily newspapers, from the Toledo...

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