From a great little catalog for a 1943 exhibit, “Meet The Artist,” at San Francisco’s M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, here’s a Thurber self portrait and bio, with the intriguing first sentence: “My life story is simple.”
The exhibit also included the following New Yorker artists: Alajalov, Whitney Darrow, Jr., Richard Decker, Alan Dunn, William Gropper, Rea Irvin, Roberta Macdonald, Reginald Marsh, Dorothy McKay, Garrett Price, Mischa Richter, Boardman Robinson, Barbara Shermund, Otto Soglow, Steinberg, Richard Taylor, and Gluyas Williams. Quite a crew!
James 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.
From e-flux, April 2021, “The Tourist” by Bishakh Som, who began contributing to The New Yorker in March of 2018.
From The Guardian, April 8, 2021, “‘They Were Survivors’: The Jewish Cartoonists Who Fled The Nazis”
An article covering an exhibit of work by three artists, including Peter Porges, who was a long-time New Yorker cartoonist.