James Thurber

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. (Thurber)

The author of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the creator of numerous New Yorker magazine cover cartoons.... One of the foremost American humorists of the 20th century, his inimitable wit and pithy prose spanned a breadth of genres, including short stories, modern commentary, fiction, children's fantasy, and letters....

James Grover Thurber (Dec. 8, 1894 – Nov. 2, 1961); American cartoonist, author, humorist, journalist, playwright, and celebrated wit. Best known for his cartoons and short stories published mainly in The New Yorker magazine, such as The Catbird Seat, and collected in his numerous books. One of the most popular humorists of his time, as he celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people.

...His career as a cartoonist began in 1930 after White found some of Thurber's drawings in a trash can and submitted them for publication; White inked-in some of these earlier drawings to make them reproduce better for the magazine, and years later expressed deep regret that he had done such a thing.

...Uniquely among major American literary figures, he became equally well known for his simple, surrealistic drawings and cartoons. Both his skills were helped along by the support of, and collaboration with, fellow New Yorker staff member E.B. White, who insisted that Thurber's sketches could stand on their own as artistic expressions. Thurber drew 6 covers and numerous classic illustrations for The New Yorker.

...While Thurber drew his cartoons in the usual fashion in the 1920s and 1930s, his failing eyesight later required changes. He drew them on very large sheets of paper using a thick black crayon (or on black paper using white chalk, from which they were photographed and the colors reversed for publication). Regardless of method, his cartoons...
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Suzan Hamer


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