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Author : James Thurber Pages : 1004 pages Publisher : Library of America Language : eng ISBN-10 : 1883011221 ISBN-13 : 9781883011 222

Writings and Drawings Ja me s Thu rbe r was the uni que , unp redi cta ble wild car d of Am


eric an hu mo rist s, at onc e whi msi cal fant asis t and dea dpa n chr oni cler of eve ryd ay abs urdi ties . The co mic per son a he inv ent ed, a mo


der n city dw elle r wh ose zan iest flig hts of free ass oci atio n are ting ed wit h anx iety , is as hila riou s no w as wh en he first app ear ed in the


pag es of The Ne w Yor ker —a nd his tro ubl ed sid e is eve n mo re stri kin g. Her e, The Libr ary of Am eric a pre sen ts the bes t and mo st ext


ens ive Thu rbe r coll ecti on eve r ass em ble d.O nly a boo k of this sco pe can do just ice to Thu rbe r’s ext rao rdin ary car eer and to the ma ny une xpe


cte d tur ns of his co mic gen ius. Her e are the ack no wle dge d ma ster pie ces : “Th e Sec ret Life of Wal ter Mitt y,” “Th e Cat bird Sea t,” the anti


war par abl e The Las t Flo wer , the brill iant ly sati rica l Fab les for Our Tim e, the chil dre n’s clas sic The 13 Clo cks, and My Life and Har d Tim es,


whi ch Rus sell Bak er call s “po ssib ly the sho rtes t and mo st ele gan t aut obi ogr aph y eve r writ ten. � Her e too are the bes t pie ces fro m


The Owl in the Atti c, Let You r Min d Alo ne!, My Wo rld —A nd Wel co me To It, and The Bea st in Me and Oth er Ani mal s. Fro m his oth er fam ous


coll ecti ons are incl ude d suc h fav orit es as “Th e Pet Dep art me nt,” “Th e Bla ck Ma gic of Bar ney Hall er,” "Ni ne Nee dle s,’ “th e Mac bet h Mur


der Mys ter y,” and “Fil e and For get, ” rev eali ng an ast oni shi ngl y div ers e mix of liter ary par odi es, ecc ent ric por trai ts, stor ies of do me stic


war fare and inn er terr or, rem inis cen ces bot h ten der and farc ical , ext rav aga nt feat s of wor dpl ay, free wh eeli ng burl esq ues of pop ular cult ure (fro m


det ecti ve nov els to self hel p fad s), and exa spe rat ed pro test s aga inst the me cha niz ed imp ers ona lity of the mo der n wor ld.T hur ber’ s wo


nde rful dra win gs —s pon tan eou s cre atio ns of whi ch he onc e sai d, “I don ’t thin k any dra win g eve r too k me mo re tha n thr ee min


ute s”— are her e in pro fusi on, wit h thei r pop ulat ion of hus ban ds, wiv es, dog s, seal s, and vari ous spe cies of Thu rbe r’s ow n inv enti on. His first gre


at cart oon coll ecti on, The Sea l in the Bed roo m, is pre sen ted co mpl ete, alo ng wit h suc h cele bra ted seq uen ces like “Th e Mas culi ne App roa ch� and


“Th e Wa r Bet we en Me n and Wo me n,” and his dev ast atin gly stra ight for war d illus trat ed ver sio ns of onc ecan oni cal poe ms suc h as “Ba


rba ra Frie tchi e” and “Ex cels ior. ”Ro und ing out this vol um e is a sele ctio n fro m The Yea rs wit h Ros s, his me moi r of Ne w Yor ker pub lish er Har


old Ros s, and a nu mb er of pie ces, pre vio usl y unc olle cte d by Thu rbe r, incl udi ng so me earl y wor k nev er bef ore rep rint ed. Writings and Drawings

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