Alibi V.12 No.34 • Aug 21-27, 2003 

Art Article

The Thurber Letters: The Wit, Wisdom and Surprising Life of James Thurber

James Thurber
Simon & Schuster
hardcover
$40

The subtitle is justified. During his celebrated career as a writer and cartoonist, James Thurber provided his audience with plenty of wit and wisdom, and he threw in quite a few surprises as well. The author of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary American short stories of the 20th century, could pull off some amazing verbal tricks in his personal correspondence as well. The Thurber Letters was edited and compiled by his daughter. Advance readers have praised it for containing lots of the glossy humor and clever drawings that made Thurber famous. It also provides brief, transitory glimpses of Thurber's veiled personality. With photos, drawings and buckets of Thurberesque comedy, fans will be pleased.