Thurber On Crime

Thurber On Crime

by James Thurber
     
 

One of the greatest American humorists of our century, Thurber was not a man to shrink from danger—as long as he was safely ensconced behind his typewriter or drawing board. Here is a collection of ruminations on everyday villainy—stories, articles and drawings on the evil that men and women do. 32 line drawings.

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One of the greatest American humorists of our century, Thurber was not a man to shrink from danger—as long as he was safely ensconced behind his typewriter or drawing board. Here is a collection of ruminations on everyday villainy—stories, articles and drawings on the evil that men and women do. 32 line drawings.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Crime seems as American as apple pie in this assemblage of Thurber's (1894-1961) stories, articles, essays and drawings. With cheerful equanimity he catalogues the horrible things that men and women do to each other in pieces on domestic strife, gangland rubouts, kidnapping, murder, robbery, smuggling, Prohibition, etc. Among the 36 selections, ``The Catbird Seat,'' ``The Lady on 142,'' fables about dogs and many other works will be familiar to Thurber enthusiasts, but five of the stories haven't appeared in any previous Thurber collection. He parodies spy novels; reads Macbeth as an Agatha Christie whodunit; and spins a Kafkaesque parable about a man who joins a secret organization, the purpose of which remains hidden from him. Thurber's crisp, non-sensationalistic crime reportage puts modern practitioners to shame. The delightfully unpredictable writing is enlivened by his jaunty cartoons. Mystery Guild selection. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892964505
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
09/21/2004
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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