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James Thurber: Writings and Drawings

James Thurber: Writings and Drawings

Hardback Library of America

By (author) James Thurber

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  • Publisher: The Library of America
  • Format: Hardback | 1024 pages
  • Dimensions: 133mm x 207mm x 42mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 16 October 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1883011221
  • ISBN 13: 9781883011222
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 174,576

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The Library of America and editor Garrison Keillor present the best and most extensive Thurber collection ever assembled. Only a book of this scope can do justice to Thurber's extraordinary career and to the many unexpected turns of his comic genius. Here are the acknowledged masterpieces: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", "The Catbird Seat", the anti-war parable The Last Flower, the brilliantly satirical Fables for Our Time, the children's classic The 13 Clocks, and My Life and Hard Times. Here too are the best pieces from The Owl in the Attic, Let Your Mind Alone!, My World - And Welcome To It, and The Beast in Me and Other Animals, and his other famous collections, including such favorites as "The Pet Department", "The Black Magic of Barney Haller", "Nine Needles", "The Macbeth Murder Mystery", and "File and Forget": an astonishingly diverse mix of literary parodies, eccentric portraits, stories of domestic warfare and inner terror, reminiscences both tender and farcical, extravagant feats of wordplay, freewheeling burlesques of popular culture (from detective novels to self-help fads), and exasperated protests against the mechanized impersonality of the modern world. Thurber's wonderful drawings - spontaneous creations of which he once said, "I don't think any drawing ever took me more than three minutes" - are here in profusion, with their population of husbands, wives, dogs, seals, and various species of Thurber's own invention. His first great cartoon collection, The Seal in the Bedroom, is presented complete, along with celebrated sequences like "The Masculine Approach" and "The War Between Men and Women" and his devastatingly straightforward illustrated versions ofonce-canonical poems such as "Barbara Frietchie" and "Excelsior". Rounding out the volume is a selection from The Years with Ross, his memoir of New Yorker publisher Harold Ross, and a number of pieces uncollected by Thurber, including a few wonderful early ones never before reprinted.