This is the second of two excerpts from MetaMaus, Art Spiegelman's new book of conversations with Hillary Chute about the making of his Maus books.
Twenty-five years ago, Art Spiegelman published the first of his Maus books--a pair of graphic novels about the experiences of the author’s father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats. Maus II was awarded the Pulitzer prize in 1991--the only graphic novel ever to win--and both books continue to move and provoke readers. In his new book MetaMaus, Spiegelman talks with Hillary Chute, a professor of English at the University of Chicago, about how the Maus books came into being. What follows is the first of two excerpts from their conversation.