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The Life of James Thurber

James Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio to Charles Leander and Mary Thurber. Thurber was brought into the world by the nurse, Margery Albright. Thurber could walk when he was two years old and could speek complete sentences at the age of four. As a child, Thurber was blinded by an accident( his brother William shot an arrow at him). This injury prevented Thurber from playing with the other children, which helped him develop a love for fantasy. This contrbuted to his later fiction writings.

Thurber studied at the Ohio University from1913 to 1918. Later in life he had many jobs: He worked as a code clerk in Washington D.C and at the U.S embassy in Paris. Also in the 1920?s he was a journalist for several newspapers.

In 1926 Thurber went to New York city to be a reporter for the Evening Post. The next year he joined The New Yorker. Fifteen of his books were published at the New Yorker. His use of humor gave him a wonderful reputation.

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In the 1950?s Thurber published a bunch of modern fairy tales for children: The 13 Clocks(1950) and The Wonderful O (1957). Both of these books gained great success.

In the 1940?s Thurber?s eyesight had worsened a great deal. By the 1950?s he was almost completely blind.

Thurber married twice. Through one of these marriages he had a daughter. Thurber lived with his wife Helen Wismer in Connecticut. She was a devoted nurse. This helped Thurber maintain his writing career.

Thurber?s work as also helped the medical community. His 1947 story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was taken in by psychologist and ?Walter Mitty Syndrome? was put in the British medical Journal as a clinical condition.

Thurber?s blindness gave him a great insight into the fantasy world. He has been said to go one place without actually being there. Thurber?s prime interest was in small events of human life, dealing with frustrations of the modern world. His stories have influenced many writers and people. He is said to be the greatest American Humorist since Mark Twain.

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Besides being a famous writer, Thurber was a highly respected cartoonist as well. His sketches were a regular feature in The New Yorker.

Some of Thurber?s works are: The Owl in the Attic and Other Perplexities (1931), The Seal in the Bedroom(1932), My Life and Hard Times(1933), The Middle Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze(1935), Let Your Mind Alone(1937), and many more wonderful books.

Thurber was a highly respected man with a great sense of humor. He died of pneumonia on November 2, 1961, in New York.

The Life of James Thurber

James Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio to Charles Leander and Mary Thurber. Thurber was brought into the world by the nurse, Margery Albright. Thurber could walk when he was two years old and could speek complete sentences at the age of four. As a child, Thurber was blinded by an accident( his brother William shot an arrow at him). This injury prevented Thurber from playing with the other children, which helped him develop a love for fantasy. This contrbuted to his later fiction writings.

Thurber studied at the Ohio University from1913 to 1918. Later in life he had many jobs: He worked as a code clerk in Washington D.C and at the U.S embassy in Paris. Also in the 1920?s he was a journalist for several newspapers.

In 1926 Thurber went to New York city to be a reporter for the Evening Post. The next year he joined The New Yorker. Fifteen of his books were published at the New Yorker. His use of humor gave him a wonderful reputation.

Lesser

In the 1950?s Thurber published a bunch of modern fairy tales for children: The 13 Clocks(1950) and The Wonderful O (1957). Both of these books gained great success.

In the 1940?s Thurber?s eyesight had worsened a great deal. By the 1950?s he was almost completely blind.

Thurber married twice. Through one of these marriages he had a daughter. Thurber lived with his wife Helen Wismer in Connecticut. She was a devoted nurse. This helped Thurber maintain his writing career.

Thurber?s work as also helped the medical community. His 1947 story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was taken in by psychologist and ?Walter Mitty Syndrome? was put in the British medical Journal as a clinical condition.

Thurber?s blindness gave him a great insight into the fantasy world. He has been said to go one place without actually being there. Thurber?s prime interest was in small events of human life, dealing with frustrations of the modern world. His stories have influenced many writers and people. He is said to be the greatest American Humorist since Mark Twain.

Lesser

Besides being a famous writer, Thurber was a highly respected cartoonist as well. His sketches were a regular feature in The New Yorker.

Some of Thurber?s works are: The Owl in the Attic and Other Perplexities (1931), The Seal in the Bedroom(1932), My Life and Hard Times(1933), The Middle Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze(1935), Let Your Mind Alone(1937), and many more wonderful books.

Thurber was a highly respected man with a great sense of humor. He died of pneumonia on November 2, 1961, in New York.


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