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James Thurber: Writings & Drawings (including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) (Library of America) Hardcover – October 1, 1996
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Thurber wrote and drew so much during his lifetime that this book is actually not a full collection, but a sort of "Best of" collection. Thurber turns a satirical eye at sex, marriage, men who bark like dogs, old ladies who foretell doom, some rather dry little fables and spoofs, and a look at how the Civil War might have ended if Grant had been recovering from a bender. Not to mention the entire text of Thurber's children's novel, "The 13 Clocks," a slightly twisted fantasy about a young prince who must rescue the Princess, with the help of the nonsense-spouting Golux (who is not a mere device).
Admittedly, not all of them are strictly meant for humor -- "My Life and Hard Times" is a short, entertaining autobiography, without the excuses and ego trips that many autobiographies have. There are also bittersweet memories, such as the story of a faithful dog that Thurber had when he was very small.
There are also quite a few pictures -- Thurber had a cute, rounded kind of style, without a lot of details. One example is "The Last Flower," an anti-war parable in which after a devastating war, civilization falls and people forget everything, even love. Not all the cartoons are as quietly grim, however -- one is a man, woman and child romping through various obstacles together, as well as several standalone cartoons.
"James Thurber: Writings and Drawings" shows Thurber off to best advantage.Read more ›
And now, I am so excited that Keith Olbermann has begun reading Thurber on his Friday night broadcasts. Hen mentioned that relatives of Thurber have been quite appreciative. Here's to a wider audience for this great writer!
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If you haven't read Thurber's work, you should. This compilation is an entertaining companion for travel because you can get through most of the stories within ten minutes.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you like Thurber, this will give you a nice selection of his works.Published 4 months ago by Edward J. Buttler
I find these drawing a mixture of wildly funny material and somewhat dated pieces. The pieces that I found funny kept me laughing out loud and left me with an urgent need to share... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Margot
If you love Thurber you have to have this comprehensive book of his writings and drawingsPublished 5 months ago by Aida M Schneider
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What a marvelous collection of Thurber's books, essays and especially drawings. Read more
I love Thurber's prose style, the communicative simplicity of his drawings, and his dry, humane sense of humor. Had there been no James Thurber, there would be no Garrison Keillor. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rabbi David Dunn Bauer