The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Other Pieces

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Other Pieces

James Thurber / Dec 09, 2019

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Other Pieces James Thurber is universally admired for his hilarious sense of humour off beat imagination and unique take on the world around him The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty in which a young man s fantasies

  • Title: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Other Pieces
  • Author: James Thurber
  • ISBN: 9780141182919
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • James Thurber is universally admired for his hilarious sense of humour, off beat imagination, and unique take on the world around him The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty , in which a young man s fantasies have a much powerful hold on him than reality, is probably his best known prose work but this selection also contains wonderfully entertaining essays, poetry and cartoJames Thurber is universally admired for his hilarious sense of humour, off beat imagination, and unique take on the world around him The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty , in which a young man s fantasies have a much powerful hold on him than reality, is probably his best known prose work but this selection also contains wonderfully entertaining essays, poetry and cartoons gathered from all of Thurber s collections Poking fun at his own weaknesses and those of other people and dogs the English teacher who looked only at figures of speech, the Airedale who refused to include him in the family, the botany lecturer who despaired of him totally James Thurber is essential reading for everyone who loves to laugh.

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      • James Thurber

        Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio to Charles L Thurber and Mary Agnes Mame Fisher Thurber Both of his parents greatly influenced his work His father, a sporadically employed clerk and minor politician who dreamed of being a lawyer or an actor, is said to have been the inspiration for the small, timid protagonist typical of many of his stories Thurber described his mother as a born comedienne and one of the finest comic talents I think I have ever known She was a practical joker, on one occasion pretending to be crippled and attending a faith healer revival, only to jump up and proclaim herself healed.Thurber had two brothers, William and Robert Once, while playing a game of William Tell, his brother William shot James in the eye with an arrow Because of the lack of medical technology, Thurber lost his eye This injury would later cause him to be almost entirely blind During his childhood he was unable to participate in sports and activities because of his injury, and instead developed a creative imagination, which he shared in his writings.From 1913 to 1918, Thurber attended The Ohio State University, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity He never graduated from the University because his poor eyesight prevented him from taking a mandatory ROTC course In 1995 he was posthumously awarded a degree.From 1918 to 1920, at the close of World War I, Thurber worked as a code clerk for the Department of State, first in Washington, D.C and then at the American Embassy in Paris, France After this Thurber returned to Columbus, where he began his writing career as a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch from 1921 to 1924 During part of this time, he reviewed current books, films, and plays in a weekly column called Credos and Curios, a title that later would be given to a posthumous collection of his work Thurber also returned to Paris in this period, where he wrote for the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers.In 1925, he moved to Greenwich Village in New York City, getting a job as a reporter for the New York Evening Post He joined the staff of The New Yorker in 1927 as an editor with the help of his friend and fellow New Yorker contributor, E.B White His career as a cartoonist began in 1930 when White found some of Thurber s drawings in a trash can and submitted them for publication Thurber would contribute both his writings and his drawings to The New Yorker until the 1950s.Thurber was married twice In 1922, Thurber married Althea Adams The marriage was troubled and ended in divorce in May 1935 Adams gave Thurber his only child, his daughter Rosemary Thurber remarried in June, 1935 to Helen Wismer His second marriage lasted until he died in 1961, at the age of 66, due to complications from pneumonia, which followed upon a stroke suffered at his home His last words, aside from the repeated word God, were God bless God damn, according to Helen Thurber.


    1. When I was in 4th grade, my Mom started college. I remember reading, "The Catbird Seat" from her Literature book. It was the first thing I ever read that was not written for children. I couldn't find it on it's own so I put this book up instead.Link to Actual StoryFunny that this is the first thing I ever read -- It kind of blows my mind. I wonder if, subconsciously, this totally affected my life. I mean, I could see it. Shit, I was 9.

    2. Back in February 2014 I listened to the audiobook version of the short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and loved it. Following that I have since listened to that again and watched the film adaptation starring Ben Stiller several times and it is probably now my favourite film of all time so when I received this short story collection for Christmas I was extremely happy and had to start it straight away.This collection contains many styles of story, some better than others, and it was a joy [...]

    3. Everybody uses the phrase "Walter Mitty" to describe a fantasist, but until now, I'd never read its point of origin. It's an enjoyable enough short story, but it's a shame it's regarded as Thurber's magnum opus. There are numerous pieces in here that are far funnier; as an animal lover, I liked the escapades of Muggs, a veritable hound from Hell, as well as the shenanigans of various Thurber family members. But if we're talking in terms of satire and plot, the laurel surely goes to The Greatest [...]

    4. james thurber is one of the most brilliant new yorker cartoonists of all time, and long before i even saw my first new yorker, i read 'the secret life of walter mitty' in an english class. i actually ended up drawing a comic version of the story instead of writing an essayfrom that time to this day, it has been my favorite short story. just go find it somewhere and read it; it's too short to even talk about.

    5. I like Thurberhe is hilarious. The Catbird Seat is another great one but I couldn't pull it up on here. Everyone should read Walter Mitty, if for no other reason because there are so many cultural refrences to it.

    6. I read this in junior high and loved it. I felt sorry for Walter but also admired him because he could take a day of doing ordinary things and imagine a wonderul, exciting life. Thurber shows us the value and fun of daydreaming.

    7. I just saw the movie and loved it so now I have to read the book (usually I read the book before seeing the movie).

    8. James Thurber has dropped off most book readers radar. Too bad. Nobody does funny better. These stories are a little dated but still tickle.

    9. The last time I read a collection of short stories, it was for college and I graduated nearly 2 years ago. It might not seem like a long time, but it really is, especially when you're expecting The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to be a a novella and it turns out to be a short story, barely 7 pages long. I forget that short stories are often published in volumes because they're not what I usually read. Hmm, I guess that explains why the first two "chapters" had nothing whatsoever to do with Walter [...]

    10. I bought this book because I’m embarking on a reading challenge, which is to read a series of books that have been made into movies that I’ve already seen and thought were pretty good. Usually I find it hard to read a book if I’ve already seen the movie of it because I spend a lot of time doing comparisons. “That’s not what happened in the movie.” Or anticipating what’s about to happen. “This is the part where he gets shot.”This is a book of James Thurber’s short stories, one [...]

    11. If you have yet to read any James Thurber I cannot recommend him highly enough. The Thurber Carnival is an eclectic mix of short stories, essays, biographical snapshots, poems and anecdotes which give you a little bit of everything. As a first time reader you may find yourself laughing out loud at his work, while at the same time suffering slight confusion as to what exactly is happening – in this way Thurber’s work is full of unexpected and not entirely understandable surprises.The book was [...]

    12. ¿Se puede hacer una película de más de dos horas inspirándose en un relato corto, y cuando digo corto, digo de unas tres cuartillas? Pues parece ser que sí, y si no, vean La vida secreta de Walter Mitty,la película de estas Navidades a pesar de que durante todo su metraje no se vea ni un solo santa claus. Debemos conformarnos con contemplar a Ben Stiller (también su director) viajando por paisajes poco agradecidos en busca de un negativo que presuntamente tiene el tío-interesante que int [...]

    13. It's funny how one's perspective changes over the years. I picked up this book because I wanted to review it before seeing the movie. I remember reading this in high school, finding it funny and seeing Mitty as the consummate daydreamer. I enjoyed seeing him take a break from his hum-drum life to imagine flights of fancy.Reading it again as an adult, I saw Mitty in an entirely different light. I felt sorry for the hen-pecked fellow, under appreciated and lonely in nearly every area of his life. [...]

    14. Escapism is at the heard of Thurber's short stories. They are nostalgic of post-war America. He observes relationships between husbands and wives, argumentative characters and territorial dogs. Each story is a snippet of reality, laced with humour and subtle irony. A joy to read and very pick-up, put-down-able.The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is brilliant. I remember reading it at school and having to dissect it for its structure, style and examples of onomatopoeia. Now, I read it and enjoyed it [...]

    15. This is the first Thurber book I have ever read and I thought it was wonderful. The only problem I have with this particular volume of stories is that it begins with a fairly weak piece (it was all a dream!) which doesn't bode well for the rest of the collection; but in fact the stories get stronger as the book progresses. The last two pieces in particular, about an eventful night in the Thurber household and about a dog that can't stop biting people, are funny, charming and extremely entertaini [...]

    16. James Thurber makes me laugh, and when the new Ben Stiller 'Walter Mitty' film came out I decided to read the original short story. I didn't realize it was really short - as in 5 1/2 pages short. But it was as amusing and sweet as Thurber can be. It bears little resemblance to the film, though, apart from the general idea The rest of the stories in this anthology are as acerbic and hilarious as Thurber can get. I think my other best favourites were 'The Night The Bed Fell', 'The Secret Life of J [...]

    17. He stood up against the wall of the drugstore, smoking.He put his shoulders back and his heels together. "To hell with the handkerchief," said Walter Mitty scornfully. He took one last drag on his cigarette and snapped it away. Then, with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the last.-James Thurber, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

    18. When I first heard they were gonna make a movie out of this, I was curious to see how it would turn out. But that's got nothing to do with this book. This contains a smattering of Thurber's characteristically short pieces, and very likely would leave the reader wanting more (if Thurber's brand of fiction is their cup of tea). I'd recommend The Thurber Carnival as an entry point into James Thurber's unique worldview.

    19. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty really sums up what reading is for me. Escaping into a book to escape the often dull, boring, real world, is what I do every time I read. I feel for Walter, and really wish he had a happier real life. Ben Stiller was an amazing narrator. I really liked how you could tell between the "real life" and not so real life easily with just his voice. His real life voice was bored, lonely, and tired and his fantasy voice was excited and full of energy.

    20. Colección de relatos cortos. Una escritura simple, casi aburrida, que se salva gracias a los excelentes cambios de ritmo del autor y sus historias de fondo, más importantes que lo que se ve a simple vista. Relatos que acostumbran a tener soñadores como protagonistas, cosa que, para mi gusto personal, es un voto a su favor. Recomendable. Fácil y rápido de leer. No esperes encontrar la película de Stiller, es otra cosa.

    21. Wow ! I have become a Thurber buff, for he has portrayed one of man's most destructive habits of day dreaming which gets him nowhere. Instead of 'just doing the next 'right' thing' , he tends to waste all his priceless time day dreaming . Effortless day dreaming would never fetch productive action . It only leads to inaction . So folks ! Act act and act !

    22. This is an excellent piece, that's not only hilarious and unexpected, but it really puts you inside Walter Mitty's shoes. It makes you see behind the eyes of an ordinary husband, escaping his simple life through fantasies and daydreams. It is an epic and intruiging story that you definitely should read.

    23. I didn't find these short stories very funny at all, nor very interesting. I was mostly bored reading this collection - the situations were, for all their peculiarity, uninteresting, and the characters were not believable or likeable. That short story of the title I found particularly average - that they made a move out of it bewilders me. I don't get it. This one's not for me.

    24. Wasn't really sure what to make of this book. Was it a story or lots of little stories? I've come to the conclusion of lots of little ones. Some were funny others not so. A man with a great imagination dreams of lots different situations to everyday life. Entertaining. It's only a short book, less than 115 pages. Really unsure as to how they've made this into a film.

    25. Short and inspiring. I liked it more when i watched it came alive in the big screen. No matter how big the difference is the book from the movie there is one reminder that will always surface in both medium. DREAMS ARE MEANT TO BE LIVEDad on, thanks in advance:jnitro519.wordpress/2014/0

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