Thurber Country: A Collection of Pieces About Males and Females, Mainly of Our Own Species

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Overview

First published in 1949, Thurber Country remains a benchmark of satirical writing. Now, in this Simon & Schuster Classic Edition, is the original book, with a new introduction by Lillian Ross.

The fact that James Thurber
wrote this collection
of pieces
is,
of course,
a publisher's blurb
in itself.
It therefore is necessary
simply to give
the reader
some factual idea
of
what sort of pieces
they are.
There are
26 of them.
Most
(including "File and Forget,"
a correspondence
with his publishers
which is not
recommended to people
who have
a tendency
to get bad hiccoughs
from
too much laughing)
have
already appeared
in The New Yorker.
Seven pieces
have appeared
in The Bermudian
and have therefore
never
been published
in this country.
You will find
Thurber Country
a place
not difficult to enter,
but
hard to leave.

Welcome to Thurber country, that notoriously uneasy, always funny, lovable land peopled by the unique creations of James Thurber.

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Thurber called this 1949 volume a collection of pieces about males and females, mainly of our own species. The 26 comedic essays, most of which originally appeared in The New Yorker, cover a wide range of subjects-basically whatever he was thinking about at the time. Thurber is always a fun read. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743233408
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster Classic Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 What's So Funny? 1
2 The Figgerin' of Aunt Wilma 9
3 The White Rabbit Caper 23
4 Back Home Again 35
5 My Own Ten Rules for a Happy Marriage 41
6 What a Lovely Generalization! 52
7 The Interview 58
8 Lady in a Trap 75
9 File and Forget 83
10 The Case Book of James Thurber 100
11 The Case of Dimity Ann 106
12 Look at That Darling Thing! 121
13 Do You Want to Make Something Out of It? 127
14 Take Her Up Tenderly 138
15 The Girls in the Closet 143
16 A Final Note on Chanda Bell 151
17 There's a Time for Flags 165
18 A Friend of the Earth 177
19 The American Literary Scene 189
20 Teacher's Pet 199
21 Shake Hands with Birdey Doggett 213
22 What Cocktail Party? 219
23 Joyeux Noel, Mr. Durning 231
24 See No Weevil 253
25 The Pleasure Cruise, and How to Survive It 259
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