Thurber Thursday: Thurber Country, UK Penguin Edition
Thirty-two years ago, when my New Yorker cartoonist colleague, Liza Donnelly and I were wed, she brought into the marriage, among so many other things, the Thurber UK paperbacks she’d grown up with. My fave of these, cover-wise, has always been Thurber Country, published by Penguin in 1962, the year after Thurber passed away. Is there any dog more perfectly drawn than a Thurber dog (rhetorical, no need to answer).*
The bio on the inside front cover is of interest, as is the slightly wild hair photo.
*George Booth’s cartoon dogs are certainly equal.
Here’s Thurber’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:
James Thurber Born, Columbus, Ohio, December 8, 1894. Died 1961, New York City. New Yorker work: 1927 -1961, with several pieces run posthumously. According to the New Yorker’s legendary editor, William Shawn, “In the early days, a small company of writers, artists, and editors — E.B. White, James Thurber, Peter Arno, and Katharine White among them — did more to make the magazine what it is than can be measured.”
Key cartoon collection: The Seal in the Bedroom and Other Predicaments (Harper & Bros., 1932). Key anthology (writings & drawings): The Thurber Carnival (Harper & Row, 1945). There have been a number of Thurber biographies. Burton Bernstein’s Thurber (Dodd, Mead, 1975) and Harrison Kinney’s James Thurber: His Life and Times (Henry Holt & Co., 1995) are essential. A short bio appears on the Thurber House website: http://www.thurberhouse.org/about-james-thurber/
From Adam Douglas Thompson, more White House memoirs.
Mr. Thompson began contributing to The New yorker in April of 2019.
New Yorker cartoonist, Jason Chatfield, & his MAD mag colleague Ed Steckley will draw live this afternoon at 3.
From Eugenia Viti, who began contributing to The New Yorker in June of last year: “Five Filters That Will Ruin Your Relationship”