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For ten years before the creation of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney struggled with, failed at, and eventually mastered the art and business of animation. Most biographies of his career begin in 1928 when 'Steamboat Willie' was released. But 'Steamboat Willie' was neither Disney's first cartoon nor Mickey Mouse's first appearance. Timothy S. Susanin paints the until-now unknown portrait of the artist from age seventeen to the cusp of worldwide renown. Foreword by Diane Disney Miller.