James Thurber

James Thurber was an American cartoonist, author, humorist, journalist, playwright, 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 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'. Thurber's work is known for its wit, wordplay, and depiction of the complexities of life with a unique blend of humor and intelligence.


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  1. 1. The 13 Clocks

    The book tells the story of a cold-hearted Duke who has frozen time, stopping the 13 clocks in his castle, and his beautiful niece, the Princess Saralinda. The Duke sets impossible tasks to her suitors, turning them into stone when they fail. However, a mysterious prince, disguised as a minstrel and guided by a magical figure known as the Golux, arrives at the castle, determined to complete the tasks, thaw the clocks, and win the Princess's hand.

    The 2443rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. My Life and Hard Times

    This book is a humorous, semi-autobiographical work detailing the author's experiences growing up in Columbus, Ohio. The narrative is filled with eccentric family members, absurd situations, and unusual encounters. The author's vivid imagination, wit, and unique perspective on life transform mundane events into memorable, comedic episodes. From his grandmother's belief that the Civil War is still ongoing to his own fear of electricity, the author's life and hard times are presented as a series of amusing anecdotes that offer a refreshing and entertaining perspective on American life in the early 20th century.

    The 6169th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Thurber Carnival

    "The Thurber Carnival" is a delightful anthology that showcases the wit, humor, and imagination of its author, featuring a collection of essays, short stories, and cartoons. This compilation includes some of his most beloved works, offering a satirical look at everyday life and the human condition. The author's unique blend of humor and insight, often focusing on the quirks and absurdities of both people and animals, makes this book a timeless classic, appealing to readers who appreciate a sharp, whimsical critique of social norms and personal foibles.

    The 8726th Greatest Book of All Time