The Man Who Was Walter Mitty

The Life and Work of James Thurber

Author: Thomas Fensch

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0990718174

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 385

View: 5041

The Man Who Was Walter Mitty --- is a loving portrait which examines both the personal life and literary legacy of James Thurber -- his humor, blindness, word play, imagination, memory, his years at "The New Yorker" magazine, his dreams, his dogs, his drawings, his marriages, his articles and books. Part of a 3-book series: "The Man Who Was Dr. Seuss" (Theodor Geisel); "The Man Who Was Walter Mitty (Thurber); "The Man Who Changed His Skin (John Howard Griffin).
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

The Greatest Man in the World: Also the Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Author: James Thurber

Publisher: Perfection Learning

ISBN: 9780895987204

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 55

View: 368

Contains two of the humorist's short stories: the story of aviator Smurch, an amusing satire on the "perilous heights of fame," and Walter Mitty, a man who endures his ordinary life by escaping into fantasy.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

Chopper Unchopped

Author: Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read,Mark Brandon Read

Publisher: Pan

ISBN: 1743341032

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 3744

View: 8483

All eleven volumes of Chopper's original memoirs ... unchopped Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read is Australia's most famous standover man and one of its most prolific authors. Now, for the very first time, all eleven volumes of Chopper's memoirs are together in this special collector's edition. From his criminal youth to his time in prison to his life as a reformed man, the entire journey is here. This omnibus edition contains the following complete and unabridged books: From the Inside: Chopper 1 Hits and Memories: Chopper 2 How to Shoot Friends and Influence People: Chopper 3 For the Term of His Unnatural Life: Chopper 4 Pulp Faction: Chopper 5 No Tears for a Tough Guy: Chopper 6 The Singing Defective: Chopper 7 The Sicilian Defence: Chopper 8 The Final Cut: Chopper 9 The Popcorn Gangster: Chopper 10.5 Last Man Standing: Chopper 11 Chopper is an icon in popular Australian culture and in the criminal underworld. Find out why in Chopper's own words.
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Author: James Thurber

Publisher: The Creative Company

ISBN: 9781583415863

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 6131

A henpecked husband copes with the frustrations of his dull life by imagining he is a fearless airplane pilot, a brilliant doctor, and other dashing figures.
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

Field of Fire

The Tour de France of '87 and the Rise and Fall of ANC-Halfords

Author: Jeff Connor

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780572786

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 1401

In 1987, a British-based team competed in the Tour de France for the first time in almost two decades. The ANC-Halfords squad were decimated by the punishing pace, the manager walked out during one of the Alpine stages, five of the nine riders and some of the staff never made it to Paris, and most of the personnel went unpaid. ANC were the definitive innocents abroad and it became one of the great sporting misadventures of all time. If that wasn't bad enough for ANC, a tabloid journalist travelled with them for the full three weeks. Jeff Connor's account of the Tour, Wide-Eyed and Legless, became a classic and was later voted number one in Cycle Sport's list of the best cycling books of all time. Now, 25 years on, Connor revisits the scene of the crime, tracks down the participants and discovers exactly how their fortunes were changed, some irrevocably, by the '87 Tour. Field of Fire tells a moving tale of sporting disillusionment, heartbreak, anger - and humour.
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James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

A garden path short story

Author: Anastasia Deibert

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638006816

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 12

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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Stuttgart (Institut für Literaturwissenschaft - Neuere Englische Literatur), course: HS Short Story and Short Story Theory, 14 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: In the following pages I want to focus on James Thurber’s famous short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” which was first published in 1939 in the magazine The New Yorker. Thurber tells the story of a Walter Mitty, a man who lives in a dream world to escape from the routines and humiliations which he suffers in everyday life. Today the name “Walter Mitty” also exists in the English language and is used for people who are daydreaming and not paying attention to the real world. Walter Mitty became an archetypal American figure. By reason of the structure of the short story and “Thurber’s own narrative style – economical, lightly ironic, and wonderfully expressive” (Holmes 218) it seems that this short story can be seen as a garden path story. The expression “to lead someone up the garden path” means “to deliberately deceive someone”. Manfred Jahn analysed this short story with respect to his garden path short story theory. Can “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” generally be regarded as a garden path story? What is of particular interest is whether the reader is misled by Thurber’s narrative technique especially at the beginning of the story. What are the reasons for Walter Mitty’s escapist daydreams and how is Mitty’s character presented in the story? Firstly, I will describe the garden path phenomenon and applied to “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” I will analyse the beginning of the short story. In addition, I will name some hints where the reader realises Walter Mitty’s various daydream episodes. In the next chapter I will concentrate on the story’s two narrative levels. First of all, I will describe Mitty’s development in the course of his daydreams and then I will take a look on the real Walter Mitty. Moreover, I will briefly try to find similarities between James Thurber and Walter Mitty. Afterwards, James Thurber’s narrative style and his sense of humour will be presented. The conclusion will comprise the main points and some suggestions for further discussion.
Posted in Literary Criticism

To The Last Breath

Three Women Fight For The Truth Behind A Child's Tragic Murder

Author: Carlton Stowers

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429935936

Category: True Crime

Page: 256

View: 6346

On January 22, 1994, two-year old Renee Goode played happily with her sisters and cousin, as the four of them enjoyed an impromptu "slumber party" at the home of her father, Shane Goode. The next day she was dead. The local medical examiner could not determine the cause of little Renee's death. But her mother Annette and grandmother Sharon were convinced she'd been murdered--and that they knew the identity of Renee's killer: her handsome father, Shane Goode, a manipulative, emotionally abusive man who displayed virtually no interest in Renee--until he took out a $50,000 insurance policy on her life. With the help of a courageous female police investigator and Assistant DA, Sharon launched a case against Shane and had Renee's tiny coffin, lovingly filled with her favorite stuffed animals, exhumed from its final resting place. And her small corpse revealed what her grandmother had suspected all along: cold, calculating Shane Goode had murdered his own daughter to cash in on her death. To the Last Breath is the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime.
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The Courage of His Convictions

Author: Robert Allerton,Tony Parker

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571304257

Category: Law

Page: 194

View: 2317

'I first met Robert Allerton in prison, where he was captive and I was not... He was a powerful broad-shouldered Cockney [who] had spent his childhood in poverty and much of his manhood in prison; and he had a long record of violent crime.' Tony Parker, from his Introduction Tony Parker's first book The Courage of His Convictions (1962), constructed out of his candid and illuminating dialogues with career criminal Robert Allerton (credited as co-author), is a stunning work that displays all the skills and virtues Parker would bring to his subsequent career as an 'oral historian' of the lives of society's marginal figures. 'This intimate autobiography is a revelation - it provides the first psychological insight into the mentality of that frightening, mysterious and pathetic product of our society, the professional criminal.' Arthur Koestler
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In Pursuit of Glory

The Autobiography

Author: Bradley Wiggins

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409129144

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 1383

Bradley Wiggins is a British sporting legend. Not only has he won seven World Track Championships and a record-equalling seven Olympic medals, including double-gold in Beijing in 2008 and gold in the time trial in London in 2012, he is the first Briton to have won cycling's ultimate prize, the Tour de France. He is an immensely talented and dedicated endurance athlete with a gritty, down-to-earth persona - cool, outspoken, respected, inspiring - and he has helped to bring track and road cycling to a new audience in the UK. With new material by Brendan Gallagher, co-author of the original edition, this is the story of a boy with bikes in his blood, of a son abandoned by his father and of the journey from council estate to the very pinnacle of the sport. IN PURSUIT OF GLORY is a compelling, no-holds-barred account of Wiggins' rise to global success and an extraordinary insight into the world of cycling.
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James Thurber: Writings & Drawings (including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

Author: James Thurber

Publisher: Library of America

ISBN: 1598533126

Category: Fiction

Page: 1024

View: 5125

James Thurber, whimsical fantasist and deadpan chronicler of everyday absurdities, brought American humor into the 20th century. His comic persona, a modern citydweller whose zaniest flights of free association are tinged with anxiety, remains hilarious, subtly disturbing, and instantly recognizable. Here, in over 1000 pages, editor Garrison Keillor presents the best and most extensive collection ever assembled. Over 100 pieces include “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “The Catbird Seat,” the brilliantly satirical Fables for Our Time, the classic My Life and Hard Times, and the best of The Owl in the Attic, Let Your Mind Alone!, My World—And Welcome to It, and the other famous books. Plus 500 wonderful drawings, including The Seal in the Bedroom and celebrated sequences like “The Masculine Approach” and “The War Between Men and Women.” Rounding out the volume is a selection from The Years with Ross, a memoir of the New Yorker publisher, and a number of wonderful early pieces never collected by Thurber.
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The Stand

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1848940831

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 6656

First came the days of the plague... After the days of the plague came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms...
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Eugene O’Neill’s One-Act Plays

New Critical Perspectives

Author: M. Bennett,B. Carson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137043938

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Eugene O'Neill, Nobel Laureate in Literature and Pulitzer Prize winner, is widely known for his full length plays. However, his one-act plays are the foundation of his work - both thematically and stylistically, they telescope his later plays. This collection aims to fill the gap by examining these texts, during what can be considered O'Neill's formative writing years, and the foundational period of American drama. A wide-ranging investigation into O'Neill's one-acts, the contributors shed light on a less-explored part of his career and assist scholars in understanding O'Neill's entire oeuvre.
Posted in Social Science

A Critical History of Television’s The Twilight Zone, 1959–1964

Author: Don Presnell,Marty McGee

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 147661038X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 1365

Rod Serling’s anthology series The Twilight Zone is recognized as one of the greatest television shows of all time. Always intelligent and thought-provoking, the show used the conventions of several genres to explore such universal qualities as violence, fear, prejudice, love, death, and individual identity. This comprehensive reference work gives a complete history of the show, from its beginning in 1959 to its final 1964 season, with critical commentaries, incisive analyses, and the most complete listing of casts and credits ever published. Biographical profiles of writers and contributors are included, followed by detailed appendices, bibliography and index.
Posted in Performing Arts

Age of Ambition

Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China

Author: Evan Osnos

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448190606

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

View: 1813

*WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2014* A young army captain who risked execution to swim from free-market Taiwan to Communist China. A barber who made $150 million in the gambling dens of Macau. The richest woman in China, a recycling tycoon known as the ‘Wastepaper Queen’. Age of Ambition describes some of the billion individual lives that make up China’s story – one that unfolds on remote farms, in glittering mansions, and in the halls of power of the world’s largest authoritarian regime. Together they describe the defining clash taking place today: between the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control. Here is a China infused with a sense of boundless possibility and teeming romance. Yet it is also riven by contradictions. It is the world’s largest buyer of Rolls Royces and Ferraris yet the word ‘luxury’ is banned from billboards. It has more Christians than members of the Communist Party. And why does a government that has lifted more people from poverty than any other so strictly restrain freedom of expression? Based on years of research, Age of Ambition is a stunning narrative that reveals China as we have never understood it before.
Posted in Political Science

The Parrot & The Lady

Author: Tony Inman

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1456854364

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 7054

The South Pacific island of Espiritu Santo is the backdrop for this tonguein- cheek spy thriller. The action centres on a quest for treasure aboard a WW2 shipwreck whose mysteries link Government secrets of the past with a modern world confused by political correctness. Randy Short juggles a stable family life with his role of Australian Secret Service Agent. His family vacation is interrupted by a call to duty that will pit him against dangerous foreign operatives in a race to solve the enigma. From an eclectic cast, the Aussie befriends CIA mercenary Gus McThompkins in their personal War Against Terror.'
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