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Collecting Himself: James Thurber on Writing and Writers, Humor, and Himself Hardcover – October 1, 1989

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In gathering material for this collection of the late humorist's works, Rosen, literary director of Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio, had the cooperation of Rosemary Thurber, her father's executor. The book is a heady mix: laser-sharp critcism of shoddy, pretentious plays and novels balanced by insightful praise of worthy ones; comments, more in anger than in sorrow, on New Yorker founder Harold Ross and others whom Thurber considered to be over-zealous editors; essays on humor, etc. The anthology includes an abundance of reprinted material but also pieces not previously published--every entry a reminder of Thurber's (1894-1961) sublime wit. And given the dearth of political humor today, it's a special treat to read "How to Tell Government from Show Business" among the rareties here. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Thurber was one of America's most important humorists. With this collection, editor Rosen brings together an eclectic body of Thurber's writings and drawings not previously anthologized. What is revealed is a glimpse of Thurber the man, the philosopher, and the critic. A number of the pieces are excerpts from Thurber's many interviews and commentaries, spanning some 30 years. In these he shares with the reader his coping with progressive blindness, his method of drawing, his writing tactics, and his personal relationships. His critical views on theatre, other writers, and the state of humor itself are also divulged. This volume will be a welcome addition to collections of standard Thurber fare and is essential for scholars.
- Joe Accardi, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., LaCrosse
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • ISBN-10 : 0060161353
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0060161354
  • Hardcover : 263 pages
  • Publisher : Harper & Row; 1st Edition (October 1, 1989)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 13 ratings