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.
E. B. White, the author of such beloved classics as Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine, then in its infancy. He died on October 1, 1985, and was survived by his son and three grandchildren.
Mr. White's essays have appeared in Harper's magazine, and some of his other books are: One Man's Meat, The Second Tree from the Corner, Letters of E. B. White, Essays of E. B. White, and Poems and Sketches of E. B. White. He won countless awards, including the 1971 National Medal for Literature and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which commended him for making a "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children."
During his lifetime, many young readers asked Mr. White if his stories were true. In a letter written to be sent to his fans, he answered, "No, they are imaginary tales . . . But real life is only one kind of life—there is also the life of the imagination."
Funny, short, and persuasive. A great Thurber read. (He's the guy who wrote the short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," but don't blame him for the mess of a film... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joel Kugelmass
What a shame this job was given to Queens House!
The story is terrific, but the pages are tangled, full of spelling mistakes, badly put together. Read more
With the combination of Thurber and EB White writing together, you have to expect satire at its best. This is fun!Published 10 months ago by Mem Reader
If I had been aware of the culture of James Thurber's day it would have been of greater interest. The chapters I did comprehend were really funny. He is a good writer.Published 11 months ago by Robert J. Steckert
One of Thurber's funniest books, and one he wrote in collaboration with E.B. White (who also co-authored the great writing reference "The Elements of Style"). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anne Mills
This is a gently satirical book which will not offend delicate sensibilities. It's a tickler, not a knee-slapper, and it didn't even cause a scandal when it was published (I... Read morePublished 14 months ago by monsieurw1
I'm sure it was engaging 50-60 years ago but now the language is hard to digest and the humor is difficult to decipher.Published 23 months ago by Godchaser
I love White and Thurber.
I studied enough psychology to get a kick out of skillful parodies of its (many) excesses. Read more
Originally published in 1929 and written by two famous children's books' authors before they were famous children's books' authors, this is a spoof of the then newfangled... Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by Cathy L.