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René Goscinny - Author

René Goscinny, the ingenious story writer and one of the fathers of Asterix, was born on August 14th, 1926 in Paris. During his childhood and youth he lived in Argentina, where his family emmigrated in 1928. Soon after he finished school in 1943, his father died and he had to give up his plans to study.

After a short intermezzo as bookkeeper in a rubber factory and as illustrator of advertisments he went to New York in 1945, invited by his uncle. Due to his bad English he had to survive with occasional jobs during the next two years. But in 1949 the situation turned to good account. Goscinny got to know Maurice de Bévère (Morris) and Harvey Kurtzman. The latter arranged for Goscinny various jobs as illustrator and presented him to Davis, Elder and Wood, who should later found the well-known MAD-magazine.

A year passed by with few jobs for Goscinny and first doubts came up. Only when Troisfontaines offered him a position as artistic director in an agency to be founded in Paris in 1951, he gathered fresh hope. At about that time it also happened that he met a young drawer from the Normandy: Albert Uderzo!

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Nicholas Again
René Goscinny
February 2010 Guest Editor Robert Muchamore on Nicholas Again. Nicholas' world of mad teachers, swimming lessons, chaotic school trips and football matches ruined by bossy adults will seem familiar to anyone who's ever suffered the indignity of being...
Lovereading Price: £10.36 - Saving £2.59 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2006
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