- Name: James Thurber
- Born: 12/08/1894
- Died: 11/02/1961 (66 years old)
- Occupation: Humorist
James Grover Thurber (December 8, 1894 – November 2, 1961) was an American cartoonist, author, humorist, journalist, playwright, children’s book author, and celebrated wit. He was 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. He was one of the most popular humorists of his time, as he celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people. He wrote the Broadway comedy The Male Animal in collaboration with his college friend Elliott Nugent; it was later adapted into a film starring Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland. His short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” has been adapted for film twice, once in 1947 and again in 2013.
Birth Name: James Grover Thurber
Awards: Tony Award for “A Thurber Carnival” (1960)
Genre: short stories, cartoons, essays
Birth Place: Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Death Place: New York City, U.S.
James Thurber quotes :
Comedy has to be done en clair. You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.James Thurber
But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?James Thurber
The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess.James Thurber
The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it.James Thurber