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ISBN:
0394604741
Author:
James Thurber
Category:
Humor
Language:
English
Publisher:
Modern Library (April 12, 1979)
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James Grover Thurber (December 8, 1894 – November 2, 1961) was an American cartoonist, author, humorist, journalist, playwright, children's book author, and celebrated wit.

James Grover Thurber (December 8, 1894 – November 2, 1961) was an American cartoonist, author, humorist, journalist, playwright, children's book author, and celebrated wit. He was best known for his cartoons and short stories published mainly in The New Yorker magazine, such as "The Catbird Seat", and collected in his numerous books. He was one of the most popular humorists of his time, as he celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people.

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James Thurber (1894-1961) created some thirty volumes of humor, fiction, children's books, cartoons, and essays in just .

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James Grover Thurber (December 8, 1894 – November 2, 1961) was an American cartoonist, author .

James Grover Thurber (December 8, 1894 – November 2, 1961) was an American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright, and celebrated wit. Thurber was best known for his cartoons and short stories, published mainly in The New Yorker magazine and collected in his numerous books. One of the most popular humorists of his time, Thurber celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people. In collaboration with his college friend, Elliott Nugent, he wrote the Broadway comedy, The Male Animal, later adapted into a film, which starred Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland. The Modern Library continues to provide the world’s best books, at the best prices.

The hilarious writing of James Thurber, author of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', collected in this classic anthology. This collection brings together the best of James Thurber's brilliantly funny, eccentric and anarchic writings

The hilarious writing of James Thurber, author of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', collected in this classic anthology. This collection brings together the best of James Thurber's brilliantly funny, eccentric and anarchic writings. It includes his most famous work, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in which an ordinary man's fantasies have a more powerful hold on him than reality, as well as essays, poetry and cartoons gathered from all of Thurber's collections.

James Thurber was one of the finest humorists of the twentieth century (and a crack cartoonist to boot)

James Thurber was one of the finest humorists of the twentieth century (and a crack cartoonist to boot).

A collection of stories and drawings by the American humorist celebrated for his subtle satires of modern marriage, morals and manners
  • tamada
Once upon a time, I got thrown out of the Fairmont Senior High School library because I was reading "The Thurber Carnival" and laughing like a maniac at the MANY hysterically funny stories. Or at least, at 14, I thought they were hysterically funny. I haven't had such an orgy of laughter since so I ponied up the price of a used book to see if Thurber was still as really, really, really funny.

He was and he wasn't. His drawings are still psychologically amazing, like the one of a man cowering before a 1920's standard three story substantial house whose back side morphs into a predatory-looking woman's face. The wit & elegance of his wording brought the laughter would get me tossed from a 2016 library except I read it at home. The Thurber classic stories such as "The Night The Bed Fell on My Father" and the glorious "Secret Life of Walter Mitty" are here, not much dated because many were looking back half a century even when he wrote them.

My much older self found something even better reading this splendid book: the precision, the deftness, the power of his psychological insights. In "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," he nails the man trapped by the conventions of his day which included continuing in marriage with an insufferable person who finds his own way out in heroic fantasies. We have different conventions in 2016 and fewer such traps (IMHO) yet are drawn to heroic fantasies, such as "Star Wars".

ANY NEGATIVES: Yes. The references to Black Americans are wince-worthy at their patronizing best and can be book-closers at their worst as in the story of the wreaths and Deliah. We have miles to go before we can sleep in this regard, but reading this book can remind us of the miles already traveled, thanks to truly heroic women and men. And yes 2: women are often menacing in Thurber's world, such as his comic-style, "The War Between Men and Women." If not menacing, they are often ditzy. And yet and yet and yet, doggone it, this is one man's view, an honest one readers can feel, and like Aristophanes, he can write very funny stories about not-so-funny times.
  • Deodorant for your language
It is possible that I had first come to enjoy the works of James Thurber from before I could read. We had several of his books including the 1945 addition of The Thurber Carnival. In the course of flipping through them I would've found and certainly enjoyed his childlike drawing style long before I came to appreciate itssometimes subtle and sophisticated humor. Some years later I would've read the several Thurber books we had and then for some reason not return to him for decades.

What I remember most from that first reading was how many of the stories I found quite funny. What struck me most forcibly in this newer edition is how many stories were not intended as humor. Early in his career James Thurber was taken on as a writer for then brand-new magazine the New Yorker the joke was that he came in as an editor and worked his way down to be a writer. How much the character and personality of the New Yorker in 2015 is a continuation of traditions that James Thurber and his editor and friend Harold Ross ( for whom the book is dictated) built in the 1930s is a subject more appropriate for English major dissertations. If these pieces are foundational they speak of an editorial policy that had for clever New York sophisticates and simpler Ohio country people.

The Thurber Carnival is divided up into several pieces a few not before published in book form but most drawn from earlier collections. Of course we have The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and one of my own favorites The Unicorn in the Garden. Although possibly the single funniest piece is his one-page rewrite of Little Red Riding Hood.

What I had forgotten for my original read those several decades ago was how many of these pieces are not intended to be humor. When speaking of the family bulldog there is a certain respect bordering on reverence some of the other pieces are more profiles but not quite caricatures. This speaks to Thurber's ability to hone his language. There is care and precision in Thurber's use of the language such that he can sneer or lightly satirize with very small shifts in word choice. He certainly can be heavy-handed and there are pieces where one suspects his various medical histories and swiftly failing eyesight were more in command of what is on the page than what a less physically frustrating life would've produced. James Thurber seem to be one of those who is best able to praise every era except his own. In this respect it is interesting to see a man of almost 100 years ago complaining about the eminence of the collapse of civilization in many of the same terms one can find in 2015 or an 1815.

Much of the last 50 or so pages of this book highlight Thurber the cartoonist modern critic might speak to his economy of line in his impressionistic representation of intent rather than literal photographic reproduction of figures and animals. This would suggest that he was capable of photographic reproduction. Likely he had no interest in attempting photo-realism. He drawings only appear to be crude. A few curves create a period style woman's cloth hat, or a dogs worried expression. In one cartoon a disheveled woman, carrying a pistol has barged into a couples flat to ask if `You folks have any .38 cartridges?

How well his pre-World war II humor translates into the 21st century may be a matter of taste. Little of what he says about marriage should be taken literally but it rarely assumes the woman's point of view. Alternately he seems to have little use for weak overly accommodating women. In his cartoon story, the War between Men and Women, he has the men winning, but his women are not bowed by defeat. Thurber women smash the ball in Croquet, or throw it when bowling.

The Thurber Carnival does not strike me as consistently clever as an equal quantity of Mark Twain, or as slick as early Woody Allen College Comedy. I rarely found myself laughing. There much in The Thurber Carnival that should have you smiling and the rest will help you to see into a period of time before now, but not that far removed.
  • Mr.Death
Frankly, this is about the best book I have ever read. I find it astonishing that at this time (February 2016) less than 70 reviews have been posted on Amazon of the various editions.
Such anecdotes as “The Catbird Seat,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Day the Dam Broke,” and “The Night the Bed Fell,” to name only a few are memorable bits of merriment. And, what about the thinger for the things contained?
We are just getting started on the fun!
Thurber’s doodles are a joy to behold!
So, order this book, turn off your television and enjoy yourself.
  • Vudozilkree
I knew that this title would be good because I used to own it about 30 years ago, but unfortunately somehow lost it over the years.
Upon reading it again in the present, I find it to be even better than I remembered it to be--so many hilarious stories, rememberances and literary sketches!
That's not even mentioning Thurber's masterful cartoons, which are funny in their own special way. My favorites are the ones that serve as illustrations to Thurber's literary work, but they're all wonderful.
If this book doesn't bring a smile to your face and a laugh to your lips, there is definitely something wrong with your smiler and laugher!