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Thurber attended the Ohio State University from to and left without taking a degree. He held several newspaper jobs before going in to New York City, where he was a reporter for the Evening Post. He was later to write an account of his associates there in The Years with Ross His first published drawing in the magazine appeared in
My Life and Hard Times
James Grover Thurber December 8, — November 2, was an American cartoonist , author , journalist , playwright , and celebrated wit. Thurber was best known for his cartoons and short stories , published mainly in The New Yorker magazine and collected in his numerous books. One of the most popular humorists of his time, Thurber celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people.
Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio , to Charles L. Both of his parents greatly influenced his work. His father, a sporadically employed clerk and minor politician who dreamed of being a lawyer or an actor, is said to have been the inspiration for the small, timid protagonist typical of many of his stories.
Thurber described his mother as a "born comedian" and "one of the finest comic talents I think I have ever known. Thurber had two brothers, William and Robert. Once, while playing a game of William Tell , his brother shot James in the eye with an arrow, and Thurber lost that eye. This injury would later cause him to become almost entirely blind. Unable in his childhood to partake in sports and other activities because of his injury, he elaborated a creative mind which he then used to express himself in writings.
Ramachandran suggests Thurber's imagination may be partly explained by Charles Bonnet syndrome , a neurological condition that causes complex visual hallucinations in otherwise mentally healthy people who have suffered some level of visual loss. He never graduated from the university because his poor eyesight prevented him from taking a mandatory ROTC course. From to , Thurber worked as a code clerk for the Department of State , first in Washington, D.
On returning to Columbus, he began his career as a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch from to During part of this time, he reviewed current books, films, and plays in a weekly column called "Credos and Curios", a title that later would be given to a posthumous collection of his work.
Thurber returned to Paris during this period, where he wrote for the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers. He joined the staff of The New Yorker in as an editor, with the help of E. White , his friend and fellow New Yorker contributor. His career as a cartoonist began in after White found some of Thurber's drawings in a trash can and submitted them for publication; White inked-in some of these earlier drawings to make them reproduce better for the magazine, and years later expressed deep regret that he had done such a thing.
Thurber contributed both his writings and his drawings to The New Yorker until the s. Thurber was married twice. In , Thurber married Althea Adams. The marriage was troubled and ended in divorce in May He remarried in June to Helen Wismer Thurber was stricken with a blood clot on the brain on October 4, , and underwent emergency surgery.
The operation was successful, but he died, aged 66, due to complications from pneumonia which set in. His last words, aside from the repeated word "God," were "God bless God damn", according to his wife, Helen. Uniquely among major American literary figures, he became equally well-known for his simple, surrealistic drawings and cartoons.
Both his skills were helped along by the support of, and collaboration with, fellow New Yorker staff member E. White , who insisted that Thurber's sketches could stand on their own as artistic expressions. Thurber drew six covers and numerous classic illustrations for The New Yorker.
Many of his short stories are humorous fictional memoirs from his life, but he also wrote darker material, such as "The Whip-Poor-Will", a story of madness and murder. The Middle-Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze has several short stories with a tense undercurrent of marital discord. The book was published the year of his divorce and remarriage. His story "You Could Look It Up",  about a three-foot adult being brought in to take a walk in a baseball game, is said to have inspired Bill Veeck 's stunt with Eddie Gaedel with the St.
Louis Browns in Veeck claimed an older provenance for the stunt, but was certainly aware of the Thurber story. These were short, featured anthropomorphic animals e. An exception to this format was his most famous fable, The Unicorn in the Garden , which featured an all-human cast except for the unicorn, which doesn't speak.
Thurber's fables were satirical , and the morals served as punchlines as well as advice to the reader, demonstrating "the complexity of life by depicting the world as an uncertain, precarious place, where few reliable guidelines exist. The latter was one of several of Thurber's works illustrated by Marc Simont. Thurber's prose for The New Yorker and other venues included numerous humorous essays. A favorite subject, especially toward the end of his life, was the English language.
His short pieces — whether stories, essays or something in between — were referred to as "casuals" by Thurber and the staff of The New Yorker. He wrote a five-part New Yorker series, between and , examining in depth the radio soap opera phenomenon, based on near-constant listening and researching over the same period.
Leaving nearly no element of these programs unexamined, including their writers, producers, sponsors, performers, and listeners alike, Thurber republished the series in his anthology, The Beast in Me and Other Animals , under the section title "Soapland.
Thurber's wit made it more than a sober piece of what would later be called investigative reporting. While Thurber drew his cartoons in the usual fashion in the s and s, his failing eyesight later required changes.
He drew them on very large sheets of paper using a thick black crayon or on black paper using white chalk, from which they were photographed and the colors reversed for publication. Regardless of method, his cartoons became as noted as his writings; they possessed an eerie, wobbly feel that seems to mirror his idiosyncratic view on life.
He once wrote that people said it looked like he drew them under water. Dorothy Parker , contemporary and friend of Thurber, referred to his cartoons as having the "semblance of unbaked cookies". The last drawing Thurber completed was a self-portrait in yellow crayon on black paper, which was featured as the cover of the July 9, , issue of Time. My Dashboard Get Published. Sign in with your eLibrary Card close. We appreciate your support of online literacy with your eLibrary Card Membership.
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James Grover Thurber December 8, — November 2, was an American cartoonist , author , journalist , playwright , and celebrated wit. Thurber was best known for his cartoons and short stories , published mainly in The New Yorker magazine and collected in his numerous books. One of the most popular humorists of his time, Thurber celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people. Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio , to Charles L. Both of his parents greatly influenced his work. His father, a sporadically employed clerk and minor politician who dreamed of being a lawyer or an actor, is said to have been the inspiration for the small, timid protagonist typical of many of his stories. Thurber described his mother as a "born comedian" and "one of the finest comic talents I think I have ever known.
James Thurber Like most of Thurber's best works from that collection, the story combines events that are plausible with comic exaggeration and then adds responses that range from exaggeration to deadpan. The characters' inappropriate understanding of their world serves the dual purposes of amusing readers while revealing to them the uneven balances of the human mind. The story centers on a common situation: the narrator a first-person speaker, standing in for Thurber as a young man hears a strange sound downstairs in the middle of the night. He assumes that it is a ghost, but his mother calls the police, who are thoroughly befuddled by the odd characters of the Thurber household and their way of life.
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In My Life and Hard Times, humorist James Thurber looks back fifteen years to relate nine stories that illustrate the oddball family conditions in which he grows up in the era of World War I. James Thurber's My Life and Hard Times consists of nine vignettes that stand out in the memory of his youth. They center around a grandfather whose mind and temper flash back to fighting in the American Civil War, a jittery mother and father somewhat at odds over the state of the household, a docile older brother Herman, a normally "quiet and self-contained" younger brother, Roy, who periodically feels the need to play pranks, and the author, whose weak eyes never miss the vivid details of life. The inexplicable seems to happen to the Thurbers in the wee hours of the morning. In "The Night the Bed Fell," Mother fears that Father will be killed in the heavy attic bed, and when she hears James' cot collapse, assumes that it has happened.
Эти слова, похоже, озадачили панка. - Меня зовут Дэвид Беккер. - Беккер улыбнулся и над столом протянул парню руку. Панк брезгливо ее пожал. - Проваливал бы ты, пидор. Беккер убрал руку.
Клушар продолжал бушевать: - И этот полицейский из вашего города тоже хорош. Заставил меня сесть на мотоцикл. Смотрите сюда! - Он попытался поднять левую руку.
Сьюзан помнила, что за последние двадцать минут вводила только свой персональный код, когда выходила переговорить со Стратмором. Невозможно представить, что машина могла спутать пароль с командой отключения Следопыта. Понимая, что теряет время, Сьюзан вызвала на экран регистр замка и проверила, верно ли был введен персональный код. Все было сделано как положено. Тогда откуда же пришла команда на ручное отключение.
Сьюзан посмотрела на экран и перевела взгляд на диалоговое окно. В самом низу она увидела слова: РАССКАЖИТЕ МИРУ О ТРАНСТЕКСТЕ СЕЙЧАС ВАС МОЖЕТ СПАСТИ ТОЛЬКО ПРАВДА Сьюзан похолодела. В АНБ сосредоточена самая секретная государственная информация: протоколы военной связи, разведданные, списки разведчиков в зарубежных странах, чертежи передовой военной техники, документация в цифровом формате, торговые соглашения, - и этот список нескончаем. - Танкадо не посмеет этого сделать! - воскликнула .
Фонтейн сурово смотрел на Джаббу: - И на что же запрограммирован этот червяк. - Понятия не имею, - сказал Джабба. - Пока он ползет и присасывается к нашей секретной информации.
Буквы. - Да, если верить ему - не английские. - Стратмор приподнял брови, точно ждал объяснений. - Японские иероглифы.
И я меньше всего хотел, чтобы кто-нибудь в севильском морге завладел ею. - И вы послали туда Дэвида Беккера? - Сьюзан все еще не могла прийти в .
Ясно, что тот не собирался сдаваться. Скорее всего идет по его следу пешком. Беккер с трудом вел мотоцикл по крутым изломам улочки.
Она кивнула. - Потеряла билет. Они не хотят и слышать о том, чтобы посадить меня в самолет.
Сигналы продолжались. Источник их находился где-то совсем близко. Сьюзан поворачивалась то влево, то вправо.
Все данные, свидетельствующие о том, кто чем владел, должны были исчезнуть навсегда. Поскольку для одновременного подрыва устройств была необходима точнейшая координация действий, все эти изделия были связаны между собой телефонными линиями через Интернет. Двое суток встроенные часы устройств обменивались бесконечными потоками зашифрованной синхронизирующейся информации.