People, Sep. 3, 1979

He sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker in 1930—a sketch of two prisoners in a cell, with one bitterly denouncing his child as "incorrigible." Since then, William Steig, 71, has published nearly 2,000 drawings there; to celebrate his 50th year at the magazine, he has selected more than 250 for publication in a new book. The world of Steig is populated mostly by grotesques, human and animal, gamboling through life. More often than not, critics treat his work as art. Steig is less sure. "I suppose every cartoonist likes to be called...

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