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James Thurber: 92 Stories (with Original Drawings) Hardcover – July 24, 1990

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Avenel Books / distributed by Random House; 7th printing edition (July 24, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051745999X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517459997
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. L Wilson on April 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely marvelous book!!! I had not expected the darkness of some of the pieces, "The Greatest Man in the World", for instance, which was made into a short video. Most were full of humor, though. Some just hilarious. The one about the math problems had me laughing so hard I couldn't see. Still laughing when I went to bed. Couldn't even describe it without cracking up. What an observer of the human condition he was. And yet. All of his stories, simply all, had downtrodden, woebegone men in them. Unhappy men. Makes me wonder about Thurber himself.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on March 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you are not aware of the world of author/artist: James Thurber, {1894-1961}, this wonderful book is a fine place to be introduced to his work.

This book contains all the stories from: "The Owl in the Attic", "The Middle-Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze", "Let Your Mind Alone!" and "Other More or Less Inspirational Places". Thurber's dry wit and sense of humor is timeless. The stories found here are of an American tradition of great authors such as: Mark Twain and Bill Mauldin. And with the addition of 125 cartoons from Thurber's pen, this book is quite a feast for the eyes.

I am not going to go into great detail about the contents of this book, as these pages speak for themselves quite nicely. I am a big fan of this man's work and I believe anyone who buys this will enjoy it greatly.

James Thurber; "American Original"..."92 Stories"...FOUR STARS !!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a mostly funny collection of Thurber's stories and essays. Many show off Thurber's keen insight into the foibles of human nature told in a deadpan funny way. Especially good are his stories that he creates from scratch, and his satirical stories. However I found his pieces on the English language boring and the section where he lampoons self help books to be petty and whiny. Also interesting is the glimpse you get into the culture of the 30's which you can only get by reading the daily writing of the time. In all a good book to read since it is easy to skip the parts you don't like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Belinda E Perry on December 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It seems a friend had not read any Thurber and I took it upon myself to remedy the situation. Buying each and every book would have been excessive so I found a compilation of stories that pleased me and gave my friend a taste of Thurber's wit and observations.
The 92 Stories (with Original Drawings) is a perfect introduction to Thurber. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Sanford on June 4, 2014
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A difficult publication to find. Thurber writes with the style similar to Twain and O. Henry. I suggest you get one while you can if you can.
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