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The Thurber Carnival (1931)

by James Thurber

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James Thurber's unique ability to convey the vagaries of life in a funny, witty, and often satirical way earned him accolades as one of the finest humorists of the twentieth century. A bestseller upon its initial publication in 1945, The Thurber Carnival captures the depth of his talent and the breadth of his wit. The stories compiled here, almost all of which first appeared in The New Yorker, are from his uproarious and candid collection My World and Welcome to It, including the American classic "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" as well as from The Owl in the Attic, The Seal in the Bathroom, Men, Women and Dogs. Thurber's take on life, society, and human nature is timeless and will continue to delight readers even as they recognize a bit of themselves in his brilliant sketches.… (more)
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Thurber was dark, and very perceptive. He has a lighter hand than Bierce, but that says little. We have a very comprehensive anthology here, and one to be read with profit by any civilized person. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jun 8, 2024 |
We've been asked to read a book the year we were born.
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
Here is one place where I learned that humor could be good without being laugh-out-loud. ( )
  mykl-s | Apr 23, 2023 |
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  SueJBeard | Feb 14, 2023 |
Racist tropes, misogynistic and petite bourgeois trite. ( )
  galuf84 | Jul 27, 2022 |
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Thurber, Jamesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bruning, FransTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pericoli, TullioCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosen, Michael J.Commentariessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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HAROLD ROSS
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I have not actually known Thurber for fifty years, since he was only forty-nine on his last birthday, but the publishers of this volume felt "fifty" would sound more effective than "forty-nine" in the title of an introduction to so large a book, a point which I was too tired to argue about.
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James Thurber's unique ability to convey the vagaries of life in a funny, witty, and often satirical way earned him accolades as one of the finest humorists of the twentieth century. A bestseller upon its initial publication in 1945, The Thurber Carnival captures the depth of his talent and the breadth of his wit. The stories compiled here, almost all of which first appeared in The New Yorker, are from his uproarious and candid collection My World and Welcome to It, including the American classic "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" as well as from The Owl in the Attic, The Seal in the Bathroom, Men, Women and Dogs. Thurber's take on life, society, and human nature is timeless and will continue to delight readers even as they recognize a bit of themselves in his brilliant sketches.

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