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THURBER ALBUM: The Wit, Wisdom, and Surprising Life of James Thurber Hardcover – March 15, 1971


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  • Hardcover: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (March 15, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671210149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671210144
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2001
Since the only other review of this book is by a professed Thurber fan, I thought I, who had been relatively unaware of Thurber's work before reading this book, could write a helpful review. It is basically a series of portraits of people that were either important in Thurber's family history, important in Columbus, Ohio from the 1910's to the 1930's, or his journalist friends from Columbus. Thurber had a subtle sense of humor, and he uses it to full effect in describing the sometimes outrageous activities of his subjects. The anecdotal history of Columbus that is slowly revealed proved to be quite interesting (I'm a native of central Ohio).
Each chapter did end on what at first seemed to be an overly sappy note; however, this is understandable since the book was first published in the early 1950's, when such things were probably expected by Thurber's audience. Overall, this was a very fun read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 1999
I am a big thurber fan amd i found this one of his best works. He writes about his relatives and people who were special to him in his life. The characterizations are excellent and I highly recommend this book to any thurber fan. I read in his biography that some of his family members were not flattered with the book, but I can not see why.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Mills on December 29, 2013
How sad that there are only three of us who have reviewed this book! Time has not treated Thurber gently. Fifty years ago, he was a major literary light, known for his cartoons, his short stories, and his essays on a wide range of topics. He was also very much linked to "The New Yorker" and to the group of writers appeared so frequently in the magazine at mid-century that they seemed to be the magazine. Now, he is far less widely read, which is too bad -- too many people are missing out on a brilliant observer, a prose stylist of genius, and a very funny writer.

This book is mostly a collection of sketches and stories about people he knew during his childhood and youth in Columbus, Ohio. It is a bit of a trip back in time, as well as a laugh-out-loud funny book.
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