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 "I'm not an artist. I'm a painstaking writer who doodles for relaxation."


James Grover Thurber (1894–1961) was an American humor writer and cartoonist. Among his well-known works are the short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and the children's fantasy novels The 13 Clocks and The Wonderful O.

In his own time his writing was often associated with The New Yorker magazine where many of his short stories first appeared. Many of Thurber's fictions, such as "Walter Mitty," "A Couple of Hamburgers," and "The War Between Men and Women," deal with the fundamental conflict between men and women, and the romantic vs. practical mindset represented by each, respectively. His works are also colored by his liberal individualist views, in a time when creeping nationalism was threatening personal freedom in many parts of the world -- some not entirely remote -- and are also characterized by a deep sympathy for animals, particularly dogs.

A personal favorite writer of one Keith Olbermann who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories to his terminally ill father, who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.

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