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Date Of BirthDecember 8, 1894
DiedNovember 2, 1961, New York City, New York, United States
SpouseHelen Wismer Thurber, Althea Adams Thurber
FactSuffered from insomnia.

James Thurber was an American writer and humorist. He is best known for his cartoons and short stories, which appeared in The New Yorker magazine. He also wrote several books, including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Thurber Carnival.

Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio, on December 8, 1894. His parents were Charles and Mary Thurber. He had two brothers and one sister. His father was a clerk in the State Capitol building and his mother was a housewife.

Thurber was a shy child and was often teased by his classmates. He was also nearsighted and had to wear thick glasses. As a result, he was not very good at sports.

Thurber began his career as a reporter for The Columbus Dispatch newspaper. He later moved to New York City and worked as a journalist and editor for several magazines, including The New Yorker.

Thurber’s first cartoon was published in The New Yorker in 1925. He became one of the magazine’s most popular cartoonists. His cartoons often featured animals or everyday people in humorous situations.

Thurber’s short stories were also very popular. They often dealt with the theme of ordinary people facing unusual or impossible situations. His best-known story is “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” which was first published in The New Yorker in 1939.

During the 1930s and 1940s, Thurber wrote several plays and books, including The Male Animal (1942) and The Thurber Carnival (1945).

Thurber’s health began to decline in the 1950s. He suffered from depression and alcoholism. He also had a series of strokes that left him paralyzed on his right side.

Thurber died on November 2, 1961, at the age of 66.

General Info

Full NameJames Thurber
Date Of BirthDecember 8, 1894
DiedNovember 2, 1961, New York City, New York, United States
ProfessionCartoonist, Author, Humorist
EducationOhio State University


SpouseHelen Wismer Thurber, Althea Adams Thurber
ChildrenRosemary Thurber
ParentsCharles L. Thurber, Mary Agnes Fisher Thurber
SiblingsRobert Thurber, William Thurber


AwardsSpecial Tony Award
NominationsNational Book Award for Fiction, National Book Award for Nonfiction
MoviesThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The War Between Men and Women, Alice of Wonderland in Paris, The Battle of the Sexes, She's Working Her Way Through College, The Male Animal, The Unicorn in the Garden
TV ShowsMy World and Welcome to It

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1Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead.
2A woman's place is in the wrong.
3Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.


1Was a dog lover and competed in several shows with his poodles.
2He did not graduate University due to his poor eyesight.
3Worked as a code clerk in the Department of State before he started writing.
4Once rewrote Edgar Allen Poe's famous poem, "The Raven", and told it from the viewpoint of the bird.
5Suffered from insomnia.
6In 1960, received a Special Tony Award, along with Burgess Meredith, for "A Thurber Carnival."
7As a child, he was hit in the eye with an arrow. He lost his sight in that eye, and was troubled by vision problems for years, which kept him out of the military. He was totally blind for the last 26 years of his life, but was able to continue writing by dictating to a secretary. Thurber's memory was so strong he could compose a 2,000-word story in his mind, remember it overnight, and dictate it to his secretary the next day.
8Only child, daughter Rosemary, born October 7, 1931.
9Pictured on a 29¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Literary Arts series, issued 10 September 1994, celebrating the centennial of his birth.




The Male Animal1942from the play by
Rise and Shine1941story "My Life and Hard Times"
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty2013based on the short story by
A Unicorn in the Garden2009Short short story
Mr. Pringle Gets Rid of His Wife2008Short story
Mr. Preble Gets Rid of His Wife2003Short story
Hochu lunu1984Short novel "Many Moons"
The Greatest Man in the World1980TV Movie story
Many Moons1973Short story
The War Between Men and Women1972writings
My World and Welcome to ItTV Series writings - 16 episodes, 1969 - 1970 based on the writings of - 10 episodes, 1969
BBC Play of the Month1968TV Series play - 1 episode
Alice of Wonderland in Paris1966story "Many Moons"
NBC Children's Theatre1963TV Series story "The Great Quillow" - 1 episode
Playdate1962TV Series 1 episode
Cilali Ibo rüyalar aleminde1962story "Secret Life of Walter Mitty" - uncredited
Quillow and the Giant1961TV Movie book "The Great Quillow"
Quest1961TV Series short story - 1 episode
The Battle of the Sexes1960short story "The Catbird Seat"
Startime1960TV Series story - 1 episode
Der Mann im Manne1959TV Movie novel
Goodyear Theatre1959TV Series story - 1 episode
Armchair Theatre1958TV Series short story - 1 episode
General Electric Theater1958TV Series story - 1 episode
Playhouse 901958TV Series play - 1 episode
The Male Animal1956TV Movie play
Matinee Theatre1956TV Series story - 1 episode
On Camera1956TV Series story - 1 episode
The Remarkable Case of Mr. Bruhl1955TV Movie writer
Robert Montgomery PresentsTV Series story - 2 episodes, 1953 - 1955 play - 1 episode, 1950
Armstrong Circle Theatre1954TV Series story - 1 episode
The Motorola Television Hour1953TV Series story - 1 episode
The Unicorn in the Garden1953Short story
Many Moons1953TV Short story
Omnibus1953TV Series story - 1 episode
The Gulf Playhouse1952TV Series story - 1 episode
She's Working Her Way Through College1952play
Actor's Studio1948TV Series story - 2 episodes
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty1947from a story by


James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times2000DocumentaryHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959-1960TV SeriesHimself
Small World1959TV SeriesHimself

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Public Speaking2010Documentary

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