A Note To Spill Readers:
New posts to the Spill will be irregular for the next five or so days as internet service is problematic. I’ll catch up with whatever is missed once things have returned to normal. Thanks for your patience.
Something Thurber I missed last year: this French publication of Thurber’s Secret Life of Walter Mitty published by Robert Laffont in May of last year. I’m puzzled why it’s 208 pages, as the original story, published in the March 18, 1939 New Yorker was just two pages. A mystery! Perhaps this is an anthology (It must be). Also puzzling is the non-Thurber art on the cover.
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/