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From Steig’s obituary:
In the mid-1930’s, Mr. Steig began making ”symbolic drawings,” pen-and-ink works expressing states of mind. Like the poems of E. E. Cummings, they were subconscious excursions rendered on paper. When these drawings came out, nobody had seen anything quite like them.
…in 1936, Mr. Steig started making his ”symbolic drawings,” line drawings of people enduring shame, embarrassment and other emotional troubles. He drew kleptomaniacs, amnesiacs, people with nausea and lassitude, and less defined characters like the ”one who would like to be left alone” or the ”pleasant chap but never a friend.”
But when Mr. Steig showed his symbolic drawings to The New Yorker, Mr. Lorenz recalled, the magazine was not interested. A memo written by Harold Ross, the editor, noted that the drawings were very interesting and that someday people would hail him as a genius, but that they were not right for The New Yorker. They were simply, Mr. Lorenz said, ”too personal and not funny enough.” (This changed when William Shawn took over as the editor of The New Yorker in 1952.)
Mr. Steig published his symbolic drawings in ”About People,” (1939) ”The Lonely Ones” (1942) and ”All Embarrassed” (1944), books that were praised by Margaret Mead and the psychoanalysts Karen Horney and A. A. Brill.