It’s been too long since I checked in on the James Thurber mothership of websites. Spent time yesterday toolin around there and enjoying every moment. The site is overseen by the one-and-only Michael Rosen, who knows his Thurber. While the Spill says “Hoo-Ray!” for Thurber every Thursday, JamesThurber.org is full-time 24/7 Thurber.
Until this recent visit I don’t believe I ever saw the three Thurber sketches of his take on Carl Rose’s “Touche!” (scroll down til you see Thurber’s famous “Touche!” drawing).
There are great photos to be found on the site, as well as a list of all of Thurber’s books, and links to other Thurber-centric sites. Plus news, and a link to a gallery selling Thurber originals, and, oh well, you get the picture. Go visit!
Here’s Thurber’s A-Z Spill entry:
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/