The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Other Pieces

Author: James Thurber

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

ISBN: 9780141182919

Category: Fables, American

Page: 404

View: 4439

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 more 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.
Posted in Fables, American

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Author: James Thurber

Publisher: The Creative Company

ISBN: 9781583415863

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 647

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

Writings and Drawings

Author: James Thurber

Publisher: Library of America

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 1004

View: 443

Gathers previously uncollected cartoons and humorous stories
Posted in Fiction

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: 1898

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.
Posted in Fiction

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

A Musical Based on the Classic Story by James Thurber

Author: Joe Manchester,Leon Carr,Earl Shuman

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573680502

Category: Drama

Page: 91

View: 5812

Musical comedy Based on the story by James Thurber Characters: 5 male, 6 female, and as many extras as desired. Scenery: Various simple sets (or one basic set). On his fortieth birthday Walter Mitty reflects on his drab, ordinary life. Defeated in his quest for wealth and glory by family responsibilities, a mortgage, and a routine job, he creates elaborate fantasies in which he is the hero. His secret world is so enticing that he often loses sight of the boundary between dream and reality and comically slips into his imagination. An attractive would be chanteuse aptly named Willa de Wisp encourages Walter to leave his wife, shed the burdens of suburban living and really live the secret life. Unfortunately it is as unattainable as it is appealing. At the end of the play Walter discovers that he is happily committed to the real world. A thoroughly pleasant musical evening.-- Time.
Posted in Drama

My World - and Welcome to it

Author: James Thurber

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156623445

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 310

View: 8859

A book of humor and satire covers topics from baseball to Macbeth
Posted in Literary Criticism

The Man Who Was Walter Mitty

The Life and Work of James Thurber

Author: Thomas Fensch

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0990718174

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 449

View: 5632

This book offers new insights into James Thurber, the man who has been called "America's Twentieth Century Mark Twain." The book places Thurber in the context of his early years in Ohio -- his highly dysfunctional family, his curious relatives -- his memory -- which evolved into his fictional world of "confusion, eccentricity and chaos." "The Man Who Was Walter Mitty" shows how his world was leavened by both humor and tragedy -- how his world was shaped by total blindness when he was at the height of his fame. It examines Thurber himself as Walter Mitty-- a remarkably timid, day-dreaming man , forever harassed, oppressed and conquered by Thurber women. Only Thurber's dog drawings looked at life with aplomb and sanity. Part of a 3-book series: "The Man Who ..." : "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

A Thurber Carnival

Author: James Thurber

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573616686

Category: American wit and humor

Page: 90

View: 9724

"...these sketches of humorous scenes from American life include some of Thurber's most celebrated and insightful satires: The Night the Bed Fell, Gentlemen Shoppers, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the unforgettable File and Forget in which Thurber recounts his famous correspondence with various publishers who ship him books which he doesn't want and never ordered. A perfect evening of comedy." -- Publisher's description.
Posted in American wit and humor

My Life and Hard Times

Author: James Thurber

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060933089

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 8629

Widely hailed as one of the finest humorist of the twentieth century, James Thurber looks back at his own life growing up in Columbus, Ohio, with the same humor and sharp wit that defined his famous sketches and writings. In My Life and Hard times, first published in 1933, he recounts the delightful chaos and frustrations of family, boyhood, youth odd dogs, recalcitrant machinery, and the foibles of human nature.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Fierce Pajamas

An Anthology of Humor Writing from the New Yorker

Author: David Remnick,Henry Finder

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0375761276

Category: Humor

Page: 497

View: 3010

Gathers the funniest work of more than seventy "New Yorker" contributors, with parodists taking on writers like Hemingway and Kerouac, as well as TV documentaries, Italian cinema, etiquette books, and the depths of social embarrassment.
Posted in Humor

The Crimes and Punishments of Miss Payne

Author: Barry Jonsberg

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 030748341X

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 288

View: 4435

From the moment Miss Payne (“The Hound of the Baskervilles, the English teacher from Hell. The Pitbull!”) walks into their classroom, Calma and Kiffo know she will have to go. After doing a bit of, well, teacher stalking, they are amazed to discover her having late-night rendezvous with suspicious associates. Could she be involved in the mob? The drug trade? How fabulous! But the more they work to prove Miss Payne is crooked, the more evidence they find of her innocence. Creeping hell! A teacher this heinous has got to be guilty of something—right? From the Hardcover edition.
Posted in Young Adult Fiction

Nobody's Fool

Author: Martin Gottfried

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743244761

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 1624

Gottfried's capably researched and recounted biography offers a none too flattering glimpse into Kaye's well-guarded personal life, including his egotism, cruelty, his strained marriage and his flirtations and affairs. His career is treated in detail, from his obvious early talent to the creation of his acting personae and his sad professional and personal decline before his death in 1987. Lacks a bibliography. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

The 13 Clocks

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Author: James Thurber

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110166634X

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

View: 924

A giant of American humor makes his Penguin Classics debut with “probably the best book in the world” (Neil Gaiman, from the Introduction), in a stunning Deluxe Edition featuring the original, full-color illustrations The hands of all thirteen clocks stand still in the gloomy castle on a lonely hill where a wicked Duke lives with his niece, the beautiful Princess Saralinda. The Duke fancies he has frozen time, for he is afraid that one day a Prince may come and win away the hand of the Princess—the only warm hand in the castle. To thwart that fate, he sets impossible tasks for Saralinda’s suitors. But when the bold Prince Zorn of Zorna arrives, disguised as a wandering minstrel, and helped by the enigmatic Golux, the cold Duke may at last have met his match. Since it was first published in 1950, James Thurber’s sublimely whimsical fairy tale of love forestalled but ultimately fulfilled has delighted readers of all ages. It is published here with Marc Simont’s enchanting, full-color illustrations from the first edition. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Posted in Fiction

Fima

Author: Amos Oz

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 054763059X

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 959

“Astonishing . . . galvanic and intoxicating.” —The New Yorker Fima lives in Jerusalem, but feels he ought to be somewhere else. In his life he has had secret love affairs, good ideas, and written a book of poems that aroused expectations. He has thought about the purpose of the universe and where the country lost its way. He has felt longings of all sorts, and the constant desire to pen a new chapter. And here he is now, in his early fifties in a shabby apartment on a gloomy wet morning, engaged in a humiliating struggle to release his shirt from the zipper of his fly. With wit and insight, Amos Oz portrays a man—and a generation—dreaming noble dreams but doing nothing. “One of Oz’s most memorable fictional creations . . . Fima is a cross between Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Joyce’s Leopold Bloom.” — Washington Post
Posted in Fiction

The Wonderful O

Author: James Thurber

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143130420

Category: Fiction

Page: 96

View: 3443

A evil sea captain banishes the letter O from the island Ooroo.
Posted in Fiction

Many Moons

Author: James Thurber,Marc Simont

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780152018955

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

View: 4132

Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore's wish for the moon.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

A White Heron

Author: Sarah Orne Jewett,Douglas Alvord

Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher

ISBN: 9781567922875

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 5134

A nine-year-old New England girl has to decide whether or not she will help the ornithologist who is searching for the rare white heron.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel

Author: Jerome Charyn

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 039307725X

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 682

"In this brilliant and hilarious jailbreak of a novel, Charyn channels the genius poet and her great leaps of the imagination."—Donna Seaman, Booklist, starred review Jerome Charyn, "one of the most important writers in American literature" (Michael Chabon), continues his exploration of American history through fiction with The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, hailed by prize-winning literary historian Brenda Wineapple as a "breathtaking high-wire act of ventriloquism." Channeling the devilish rhythms and ghosts of a seemingly buried literary past, Charyn removes the mysterious veils that have long enshrouded Dickinson, revealing her passions, inner turmoil, and powerful sexuality. The novel, daringly written in first person, begins in the snow. It's 1848, and Emily is a student at Mount Holyoke, with its mournful headmistress and strict, strict rules. Inspired by her letters and poetry, Charyn goes on to capture the occasionally comic, always fevered, ultimately tragic story of her life-from defiant Holyoke seminarian to dying recluse.
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The Language of Film

Author: Robert Edgar,John Marland,Steven Rawle

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474249221

Category: Art

Page: 216

View: 7817

An effective filmmaker needs to have a good understanding of how film language works, and more importantly, how to actively influence an audience's thoughts and feelings and guide their gaze around the screen. Packed with examples from classic and contemporary cinema, The Language of Film reveals the essential building blocks of film and explains how the screen communicates meaning to its audience. You will learn about fundamental theories and concepts, including film semiotics, narrative structures, ideology, and genre, as well as how elements such as shot size, camera movement, editing technique, and color come together to create the cinematic image. With insightful case studies and discussion questions, dozens of practical tips and exercises, and a new chapter on film sound, this new edition of The Language of Film is a must-have guide for aspiring filmmakers.
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