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Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated Paperback – March 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Rei Ill edition (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060909994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060909994
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1894. Famous for his humorous writings and illustrations, he was a staff member of The New Yorker for more than thirty years. He died in 1961.


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James Thurber (1894-1961) created some thirty volumes of humor, fiction, children's books, cartoons, and essays in just about as many years. A founding member of The New Yorker staff, Thurber wrote and illustrated such enduring books as The Thurber Carnival and My Life and Hard Times, which have appeared in countless editions and dozens of languages throughout the world.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By PC on June 21, 2004
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I first read Thurber, Fables for Our Time being my first encounter, about the time I learned to read. Fables sounded suitable for a 7 year old looking for something more than the Bobbsey Twins, so I plunged into a surreal world of misogyny, mayhem, morality and madness, and thoroughly loved it! Upon discovering our family library included some of Thurber's "children's books" (13 Clocks), I began to plumb the depths of one of the great humorists/cartoonists of the 20th century. In more than 50 years, I have not encountered one so readable, enjoyable and wildly, understatedly funny. Perhaps some of the pieces are dated, for who these days can even recognize such poems as Ben Bolt and Barbara Fretchie (?), or Young Lochinvar? That is a loss in today's education, so I charge Amazon customers: introduce your children to Thurber early, when their minds are not cluttered with pop culture and "required reading". Take the time to give them context for very old stories and poems, so they may enjoy them as we did. Let them look at a world that was, at least in one man's wit, and perhaps they won't be so overwhelmed when they begin to understand the world we have left to them.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By W. Kiernan on October 22, 1999
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...makes a man healthy, wealthy and dead."
Quoting one of the fables; I remember reading this book thirty years ago. It is superb. The pictures are excellent too. I can still recall the man leaping down into the lion's pit to get the lady's glove, also the pictures of birds (shrikes, I think). I'll buy this one right away, my daughter will love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank L. on October 14, 2012
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This little book is the perfect introduction to the writing of one of the 20th Century's greatest humorists. I was first introduced to it by my 8th grade English teacher in 1961. Loved it then and still do. I recommend all of Thurber's work to anyone who appreciates clever and intelligent writing. I hope it's available for you young-uns on the Kindle or iPad, though holding the paper object in your hands makes it better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JP on May 14, 2011
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James Thurber is simply amazing both as a writer and graphic artist. His dry sense of humor is LOL, with philosophical content. His illustrations are whimsical, full of motion, and have the simplicity of Neanderthal cave paintings. An absolutely brilliant Man!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil H on April 7, 2010
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This is James Thurber at his best. It's still GREAT after all these years.
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By R. Larson on January 26, 2014
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I have always been an admirer of James Thurber's work -- it represents a wide-eyed view of the world with a cynical edge. This book has many of his most memorable fables.
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By Anne Mills on December 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Thurber's second collections of short fables with animal protagonists, which he illustrated with cartoons and used to express his views on a broad range of topics, notably including marriage and McCarthyism. The dark undertone in Thurber's writing is easier to hear than in some of his earlier writings, but it is still very funny.
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