THURBER, JAMES

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THURBER, JAMES - Typed letter from the author of the classic short story 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'
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THURBER, JAMES - Typed letter from the author of the classic short story 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

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THURBER, JAMES. (1894-1961). American humorist and cartoonist; author of the classic short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. TLS. (“James Thurber”). In pencil. ½p. 4to. West Cornwall, May 3, 1957. To Beverly Plummer.

 

“Thanks for sending me Roxie’s fables, which I regard as highly original, owing little to mine. It is really remarkable for a child of four and may be [sic.] she will be the coming fable writer. Give her my love. Cordially yours…”

 

After several governmental positions, including one at the American embassy in Paris, Thurber began his career as a journalist. From the “city of light” he worked for the Chicago Tribune before moving to New York as an employee of the Evening Post. In 1927 Thurber joined the staff of The New Yorker from whence he wrote short stories and drew witty cartoons. Two years later his first book, Is Sex Necessary?, co-written with New Yorkercolleague E. B. White and including his humorous drawings, was published. It was followed by The Thurber Carnival and My Life and Hard Times. Despite his failing eyesight,Thurber continued to write through the 1950s. Often considered a successor to Mark Twain, Thurber influenced such writers at Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut. Folded and in very good condition, with the original envelope postmarked from Hamilton, Bermuda, and the return address reading, “James Thurber, The Ledgelets, Somerset Bridge, Bermuda.”

 

$450


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