Essay on Biography of James Thurber
On December 8, 1894 Charles L. Thurber and Mary Agnes Fisher Thurber had a child. His name was James Thurber. Thurber would grow up to become a world known humorist writer. Thurber’s father was a civil clerk and his mother had no job but was said to have been an eccentric woman. Thurber once said when he was eighty, “she never stopped performing and she always played pranks on friends and relatives” (Hayes 56: 156).
Born in Columbus, Ohio Thurber was limited to focus on expanding his creativity as a child as a childhood injury would prevent him from ever playing sports (Heller 6: 2326-2331). When Thurber was eight he was playing a game called William tell with his two brothers, William and Robert, when his left …show more content…
New Yorker. Thurber would write for the periodical of the New Yorker from 1933 until the day he died. While at the New Yorker Thurber would draw on anything that he could. He was told that he should submit his drawings to the magazines art department but he always refused. One day E.B. White took some of Thurber drawings from the trash and submitted them for him and they were published. This started Thurber’s career as an illustrator (The New Yorker).
During Thurber’s career as a writer he wrote a wide variety of stories. He wrote very humorous fiction from based on his life. Some of Thurber’s best known works are “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, “The Dog That Bit People”, and “The Night the Ghost Got In”. In 1941 Thurber wrote a story called “You Could Look it Up” where a three foot tall man was put into a baseball game just to get walked. This was said to have inspired when Bill Veeck put in Eddie Gaedel to take a walk in 1951 with the St. Louis Browns (Flanagan).
Thurber wrote over 75 fables that were short, and usually featured anthromorphic, giving human traits to something not human, animals. His fables were satirical and the morals usually were punch lines and serious life lessons. Thurber also wrote essays for The New Yorker. These essays were usually humorous, and he typically wrote about the English language. The short works Thurber