James Thurber


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James Grover Thurber (December 8, 1894 – November 2, 1961) was an American author, cartoonist and celebrated wit. Thurber was best known for his cartoons and short stories, published mainly in The New Yorker magazine then collected in his numerous books. One of the most popular humorists of his time, Thurber celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people. more »

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  • ''The sanity of the average banquet speaker lasts about two and a half months; at the end of that time he begins to mutter to himself, and calls out in his sleep.''
    James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. New Yorker (March 29, 1930).
  • ''It takes that je ne sais quoi which we call sophistication for a woman to be magnificent in a drawing-room when her faculties have departed but she herself has not yet gone home.''
    James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. New Yorker (August 2, 1930).
  • ''Speed is scarcely the noblest virtue of graphic composition, but it has its curious rewards. There is a sense of getting somewhere fast, which satisfies a native American urge.''
    James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. A Thurber Garland, preface (1955).
  • ''Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?''
    James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. Cartoon caption, in New Yorker (June 5, 1937).
  • ''It's a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.''
    James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. Cartoon caption, in New Yorker (March 27, 1937).
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