James Thurber

James Thurber

Born: December 8, 1894

Died: November 2, 1961

Nationality: American

Occupation: Comedian, humorist

Biography: James Grover Thurber was an American author, cartoonist and celebrated wit. Thurber was best known for his cartoons and short stories, published mainly in The New Yorker magazine then collected in his numerous books. One of the most popular humorists of his time, Thurber celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people.

Source/Notes: Cartoon caption, The New Yorker (22 April 1939); A Miscellany, Alarms and Diversions (1957) - Cartoon captions
Source/Notes: Cartoon caption, The New Yorker (4 November 1939). Parody of I don't know much about art, but I know what I like. - Cartoon captions
Source/Notes: Lanterns and Lances (1961), p. 146; also misquoted as There are two kinds of light — the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. - Cartoon captions
Source/Notes: The Hunter and the Elephant, The New Yorker (18 February 1939) - From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time

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Source/Notes: The Unicorn in the Garden, The New Yorker (31 October 1939); Fables for Our Time & Famous Poems Illustrated (1940) - From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time
Source/Notes: From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time
Source/Notes: The Clothes Moth and the Luna Moth, The New Yorker (date unknown); Further Fables for Our Time (1956) - From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time
Source/Notes: The Weaver and the Worm, The New Yorker (date unknown); Further Fables for Our Time (1956) - From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time
Source/Notes: The Darlings at the Top of the Stairs, Lanterns & Lances (1961); previously appeared in The Queen and in Harper's Magazine. - From other writings

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Source/Notes: note for a future fable, Such a Phrase as Drifts Through Dreams, Holiday Magazine; reprinted in Lanterns & Lances (1961). - From other writings
Source/Notes: My Senegalese Birds and Siamese Cats, Holiday Magazine; reprinted in Lanterns & Lances (1961). - From other writings