Remember Laughter: A Life of James Thurber

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U of Nebraska Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 204 pages
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One of the great American humorists of this century, James Thurber is still read and cherished by many readers more than thirty years after his death. He is most famous for the hilarious, often bittersweet stories that he published in the 1930s and 1940s in the New Yorker. Among his best-known books are My Life and Hard Times, Is Sex Necessary? (co-authored with E. B. White), My World - and Welcome to It, and The Thurber Carnival. He was also a brilliant cartoonist. His unique drawings were an eagerly awaited feature in Harold Ross's New Yorker and in Thurber's books. Grauer by no means sentimentalizes Thurber. He addresses serious, and often disturbing, features of Thurber's life (his failed first marriage, alcohol abuse, misogyny, and agonies over going blind when he was at the height of his success). At the same time, Grauer highlights Thurber's courage, inexhaustible humor, and unique literary and artistic talents. The result is a biography that both celebrates Thurber's genius and shrewdly appraises his qualities as a man.
  

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There are certain literary men and women of whom even the slenderest recollection of anecdote fascinates; the famed humorist of The New Yorker was one. Freelance journalist Grauer tells Thurber's ... Read full review

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A wooden but thorough biography of James Thurber. It has a good index and plenty of footnotes. Read full review

Contents

Jamie and the Seairoplane
1
Columbus Days and Paris Nights
17
The Seal Barks
30
The Kingdom of the Partly Blind
60
Writing by Ear
83
The Uses of Laughter
104
A Thurber Portfolio
145
Bibliography
191
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Neil A. Grauer is a freelance journalist and a former reporter and cartoonist for the Baltimore News-American. He has published four books, including Wits and Sages, a collection of profiles and caricatures of various syndicated columnists. Grauer is also a writer for Vanguard Communications in Washington, D.C.

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