The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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The Creative Company, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a classic short story! This title features historical and illustrative photos, as well as brief author biography and insight story analysis.

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Daydreams Do Come True
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is a book for dreamers, lovers and the momma’s boy in all of us. I lived at home until I was a vine-ripened 27, so believe me I can relate
to James Thurber’s Mitty. And I’ve always been a fond of a good daydream. Let’s see what comes to me now:
I’m a powerful land baron with an eye patch. Nay, a feudal samurai lord. No, I’m an oil tycoon. Fabulously rich, silver-haired, steely-eyed and what’s this? I’m in turbulent fight with my lover, no my sister, no my lover and her vengeful son. He has gun. So do I! This tension is terrifying. Daydream continued in the next paragraph.
Where was I? Ah yes, the daydream. Now, I’m a young man. A prospector trying to hit it rich. Do I? Yes! This is my daydream, of course I’ll hit it rich. Black gold. The farm is saved. I am more lost in this daydream than any I have ever had. It’s spellbinding. It’s tear-jerking. Spine-tingling. There are plots upon plots upon plots. It twists, it turns. It’s a veritable roller coaster ride of goddamn emotion. This is by far the most powerful daydream I’ve ever experienced. It feels like an eternity, yet no time has passed. I am exhausted.
And now, I have a confession to make. That was no daydream. That was me experiencing in both words and pharmaceutical hallucinations, the broad plot of my dramatic novel “The Spoils of Babylon,” set to air on IFC, this very January the 9th, 2014. Adapted, directed, casted and colored in full Breath-Take-o-Scope™ by yours truly. I do apologize for my surreptitious diatribe, but I must admit, I can scarcely contain my excitement. After more than 40 years and literally thousands of edits (two editors died), the hour is upon us. And it shall be no mere daydream.
Oh, and read “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” sometime, it’s a delight.
Finest regards,
Eric Jonrosh, author, “The Soils of Babylon,” airing on IFC, January 9th, 2014

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About the author (2008)

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Thurber was blinded in one eye in a childhood accident. He attended Ohio State University but left without earning a degree. In 1925 he moved to New York City, where he joined the staff of the New Yorker in 1927 at the urging of his friend E. B. White. For the rest of his lifetime, Thurber contributed to the magazine his highly individual pieces and those strange, wry, and disturbing pen-and-ink drawings of "huge, resigned dogs, the determined and sometimes frightening women, the globular men who try so hard to think so unsuccessfully." The period from 1925, when the New Yorker was founded, until the death of its creator-editor, Harold Ross, in 1951, was described by Thurber in delicious and absorbing detail in The Years with Ross (1959). Of his two great talents, Thurber preferred to think of himself primarily as a writer, illustrating his own books. He published "fables" in the style of Aesop (see Vol. 2) and La Fontaine (see Vol. 2)---usually with a "barbed tip of contemporary significance"---children's books, several plays (two Broadway hits, one successful musical revue), and endless satires and parodies in short stories or full-length works. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," included in My World---and Welcome to It (1942), is probably his best-known story and continues to be frequently anthologized. T. S. Eliot described Thurber's work as "a form of humor which is also a way of saying something serious.

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