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Johnny Appleseed : green spirit of the frontier

Author: Paul Buhle; Noah Van Sciver
Publisher: Seattle, WA, U.S.A. : Fantagraphics Books, Inc., [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is a graphic biography of the green dreamer of the American Frontier, the legendary John Chapman, from Brown University scholar Paul Buhle (Red Rosa) and award-winning cartoonist Noah Van Sciver (The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln). John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, made himself the stuff of legend by spreading the seeds of apple trees from Wisconsin to Indiana. Along with that, he offered the seeds of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical comics
Comic books, strips, etc
Graphic novels
Historical comics
Biography Comic books, strips, etc
Named Person: Johnny Appleseed; Johnny Appleseed
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Buhle; Noah Van Sciver
ISBN: 9781683960447 1683960440
OCLC Number: 1002420835
Description: 115 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 29 cm
Other Titles: Green spirit of the frontier
Responsibility: Paul Buhle, Noah Van Sciver.

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"This is a graphic biography of the green dreamer of the American Frontier, the legendary John Chapman, from Brown University scholar Paul Buhle (Red Rosa) and award-winning cartoonist Noah Van Sciver (The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln). John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, made himself the stuff of legend by spreading the seeds of apple trees from Wisconsin to Indiana. Along with that, he offered the seeds of nonviolence and vegetarianism, good relationships with Native Americans, and peace among the settlers. He was one of the New World's earliest followers of the Swedish theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. The story of John Chapman operates as a counter-narrative to the glorification of violence, conquest, and prevailing notions of how the West was Won. It differentiates between the history and the half-myths of Johnny Appleseed's life and work: His apples, for instance, were prized for many reasons, but none more so than for the making of hard cider. He was also a real estate speculator of sorts, purchasing potentially fertile but unproven acres and then planting saplings before flipping the land. Yet, he had less interest in financial gain--and yes, this is an accurate part of the mythology--than in spreading visions of peace and love. Johnny Appleseed brings this quintessentially American story to life in comics form. Black & white illustrations throughout"--

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