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James Thurber (1894–1961)

Author of The Thurber Carnival

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About the Author

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Thurber was blinded in one eye in a childhood accident. He attended Ohio State University but left without earning a degree. In 1925 he moved to New York City, where he joined the staff of the New Yorker in 1927 at the urging of his friend E. B. White. For the rest of his show more lifetime, Thurber contributed to the magazine his highly individual pieces and those strange, wry, and disturbing pen-and-ink drawings of "huge, resigned dogs, the determined and sometimes frightening women, the globular men who try so hard to think so unsuccessfully." The period from 1925, when the New Yorker was founded, until the death of its creator-editor, Harold Ross, in 1951, was described by Thurber in delicious and absorbing detail in The Years with Ross (1959). Of his two great talents, Thurber preferred to think of himself primarily as a writer, illustrating his own books. He published "fables" in the style of Aesop (see Vol. 2) and La Fontaine (see Vol. 2)---usually with a "barbed tip of contemporary significance"---children's books, several plays (two Broadway hits, one successful musical revue), and endless satires and parodies in short stories or full-length works. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," included in My World---and Welcome to It (1942), is probably his best-known story and continues to be frequently anthologized. T. S. Eliot described Thurber's work as "a form of humor which is also a way of saying something serious." (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by James Thurber

The Thurber Carnival (1931) 2,584 copies
The 13 Clocks (1950) 1,941 copies
Many Moons (1943) 1,754 copies
My Life and Hard Times (1933) 1,159 copies
The Wonderful O (1957) 820 copies
The Years with Ross (1957) 526 copies
Lanterns & Lances (1960) 525 copies
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Other Pieces (1945) — Author — 476 copies
Thurber Country (1953) 434 copies
Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated (1940) — Illustrator — 385 copies
My World—and Welcome to It (1937) 356 copies
The White Deer (1945) 328 copies
Thurber's Dogs (1901) 297 copies
Alarms and Diversions (1957) 279 copies
James Thurber: 92 Stories (1985) 240 copies
Further Fables for Our Time (1676) 212 copies
The Thurber Album (1952) 195 copies
The Great Quillow (1944) 182 copies
Thurber on Crime (1991) — Author — 174 copies
The Genius of James Thurber (1997) 157 copies
Let Your Mind Alone! (1707) 149 copies
Credos and Curios (1962) 108 copies
The Male Animal (1940) 45 copies
The Tiger Who Would Be King (2014) 41 copies
A Thurber carnival. (1962) 35 copies
21 Essential American Short Stories (2011) — Contributor — 25 copies
Collected Fables (2019) 17 copies
The Catbird Seat (1942) 16 copies
Cream of Thurber (1939) 15 copies
The Night the Ghost Got In (1983) 11 copies
The Unicorn in the Garden (1972) 11 copies
Ein Mond für Leonore (1998) 5 copies
Lachen mit Thurber (1964) 3 copies
Třináctery hodiny (2008) 3 copies
Thurber (1996) 3 copies
Humor on Wry (1993) 1 copy
Alleen 1 copy
13 clocks, The (1990) 1 copy
[No title] 1 copy
Storie e parole. (1960) 1 copy
Thurber on Humor (1994) 1 copy

Associated Works

Nothing but the Truth (1991) — Contributor, some editions — 2,470 copies
The Art of the Personal Essay (1994) — Contributor — 1,383 copies
The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker (2004) — Cartoonist — 1,330 copies
50 Great Short Stories (1952) — Contributor — 1,258 copies
The Classic Fairy Tales [Norton Critical Edition] (1998) — Contributor — 1,018 copies
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 926 copies
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 780 copies
Short Story Masterpieces (1954) — Contributor — 682 copies
Great American Short Stories (1957) — Contributor — 498 copies
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contributor — 463 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 455 copies
Fifty Great American Short Stories (1965) — Contributor — 436 copies
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales (1993) — Contributor — 370 copies
Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker (2000) — Contributor — 356 copies
Literature: The Human Experience (2006) — Contributor — 341 copies
Baseball: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Contributor — 337 copies
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (2004) — Contributor — 298 copies
Knights of Madness: Further Comic Tales of Fantasy (1998) — Contributor — 298 copies
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Contributor — 292 copies
The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Contributor — 291 copies
A Subtreasury of American Humor (1941) — Contributor — 277 copies
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contributor — 269 copies
The Literary Cat (1977) — Contributor — 241 copies
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Contributor — 208 copies
Short Stories from The New Yorker, 1925 to 1940 (1940) — Contributor — 202 copies
The New Yorker Book of Dog Cartoons (1992) — Contributor — 177 copies
Murder & Other Acts of Literature (1997) — Contributor — 148 copies
The Pocket Book of Modern American Short Stories (1943) — Contributor — 146 copies
The Fireside Book of Dog Stories (1943) — Introduction; Contributor — 146 copies
The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Other Fairy Tales (1964) — Contributor — 146 copies
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Contributor — 139 copies
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats (2013) — Contributor — 134 copies
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Contributor — 134 copies
Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories (1990) — Contributor — 113 copies
American Short Stories (1976) — Contributor, some editions — 95 copies
Great Stories for Young Readers (1969) — Contributor — 91 copies
A Book of Princesses (1963) — Contributor — 87 copies
The Best American Humorous Short Stories (1945) — Contributor — 85 copies
Bangs and Whimpers: Stories about the End of the World (1999) — Contributor — 83 copies
Best Plays of the Modern American Theatre: Second Series (1947) — Contributor — 82 copies
Baseball's Best Short Stories (1995) — Contributor — 80 copies
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (2000) — Contributor — 69 copies
Best SF: 1967 (1968) — Contributor — 69 copies
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Contributor — 62 copies
55 Short Stories from The New Yorker, 1940 to 1950 (1949) — Contributor — 60 copies
Desert Island Decameron (1945) — Contributor — 57 copies
Reading for Pleasure (1957) — Contributor — 51 copies
Art of Fiction (1967) — Contributor — 51 copies
O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1943 (1943) — Contributor — 49 copies
Great Baseball Stories (1979) — Contributor — 47 copies
The Bedside Tales: A Gay Collection (1945) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Random House Book of Sports Stories (1990) — Contributor — 45 copies
Prose and Poetry for Appreciation (1934) — Contributor, some editions — 44 copies
Unsolved! Classic True Murder Cases (1987) — Contributor — 41 copies
A Quarto of Modern Literature (1935) — Contributor — 40 copies
Fifty Best American Short Stories 1915-1965 (1965) — Contributor — 36 copies
Stories for Tens and Over (1976) — Contributor — 35 copies
Famous and Curious Animal Stories (1982) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Big Book of Favorite Dog Stories (1964) — Contributor — 28 copies
American short stories, 1820 to the present (1952) — Contributor — 26 copies
A Book of Princes (1964) — Contributor — 25 copies
Shot in the Dark (1950) — Contributor — 24 copies
Tell Me a Story: An Anthology (1957) — Contributor — 23 copies
The Most Dangerous Game and Other Stories (1957) — Contributor; Contributor — 23 copies
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contributor — 22 copies
The Looking Glass Book of Stories (1960) — Contributor — 21 copies
Designs in Fiction (1968) — Contributor — 20 copies
Short Stories II (1961) — Contributor — 18 copies
A Treasury of American Humor (1996) — Contributor — 18 copies
Twentieth-Century American Short Stories: An Anthology (1975) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Saturday Evening Post Book of the Sea and Ships (1978) — Contributor — 16 copies
20th Century American Short Stories, Volume 1 (1995) — Contributor — 16 copies
All verdens fortellere (1990) — Contributor, some editions — 15 copies
Modern American Short Stories (1945) — Contributor — 15 copies
The Panorama of Modern Literature (1934) — Contributor — 14 copies
New Stories for Men (1941) — Contributor — 13 copies
Favorite Animal Stories (1987) — Contributor — 13 copies
31 Stories (1960) — Contributor — 12 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1943 (1943) — Contributor — 11 copies
Cat Encounters: A Cat-Lover's Anthology (1979) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Playboy Book of Short Stories (1995) — Contributor — 11 copies
Tales for Males (1945) — Contributor — 11 copies
American Short Stories, Vol.5, The Twentieth Century (1957) — Author, some editions — 11 copies
Fun Phantoms: Tales of Ghostly Entertainment (1979) — Contributor — 10 copies
The best of the Best American short stories, 1915-1950 (1975) — Contributor — 10 copies
Tall Short Stories (1960) — Contributor — 9 copies
World's Great Humorous Stories (1944) — Contributor — 9 copies
Moderne Amerikaanse verhalen (1982) — Contributor — 9 copies
Murder Without Tears (1946) — Contributor — 9 copies
The Caedmon Short Story Collection (2001) — Contributor — 8 copies
Time to Be Young: Great Stories of the Growing Years (1945) — Contributor — 7 copies
British and American Essays, 1905-1956 (1959) — Contributor — 7 copies
Twelve Short Masterpieces (1986) — Contributor — 7 copies
The Moth and Other Stories (1991) — Contributor — 6 copies
Dealers Choice: The Worlds Greatest Poker Stories (1955) — Contributor — 6 copies
The bear went over the mountain (1964) — Contributor — 6 copies
Giants! Giants! Giants! (1980) — Contributor — 6 copies
Post Stories of 1941 (1942) — Contributor — 5 copies
Cats: Fifteen Complete Stories and Poems (1998) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Stakes are High (1954) — Contributor — 5 copies
Life Styles (2001) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1942 (1942) — Contributor — 4 copies
Eighteen Stories (1965) 4 copies
American Short Stories (1978) — Contributor — 3 copies
Let Us Be Men (1969) — Contributor — 3 copies
El cuento literario (2008) — Contributor — 2 copies
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies
American Short Stories (Oxford Literature Resources) (1992) — Contributor — 2 copies
The College Short Story Reader (1948) — Contributor — 2 copies
Eyes of Boyhood (1953) — Contributor — 2 copies
American Humor and Satire (1992) — Contributor — 2 copies
Eleven American Stories — Contributor — 1 copy
The Avon Annual: 18 Great Story of Today (1944) — Contributor — 1 copy
14 American Masterpieces Vol.1 — Contributor — 1 copy
Modern British and American short stories (1982) — Contributor — 1 copy
The Narrative Impulse: Short Stories for Analysis (1963) — Contributor — 1 copy
Al pie del acantilado — Contributor — 1 copy

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featherbooks | 32 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
Highly praised and loved by Neil Gaiman, the word-play and silly/seriousness is ideal for reading out loud to children. Make sure to read it will all the voices!
 
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Dorothy2012 | 77 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |
It's obviously very silly but it has the decency to recognize itself as such.
The 13 Clocks could be a master class on figurative language. Monsters and described monstrously, jewels are described jewelishly, killing time necessitates hours and seconds to bleed out onto the floor. It's an important detail too many authors completely forget. Why tell me that your beloved is like the morning sun when you can have her literally melt snow and provoke birds into song?
 
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ethorwitz | 77 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
James Thurber is a humorist. This has a beautiful introduction by Neil Gaiman.
 
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