Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Thurber Carnival
James Thurber


The hilarious writing of James Thurber, author of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (in which an ordinary man’s fantasies have a more powerful hold on him than reality), is collected in this classic anthology. Included are essays, poetry and cartoons. Thurber was consistently funny, eccentric and anarchic in his writing.  Making fun of his own weaknesses and those of other people (and dogs) – the English teacher who looked only at figures of speech, the Airedale who refused to include him in the family, the botany lecturer who despaired of him totally – James Thurber is a true original, whose off-beat imagination shows us everyday life from a different angle.

In 1960, Thurber played himself in 88 performances of a one-man show based on this book, for which he received a special Tony Award for the script.

Paperback, 416pp
Penguin Books, 2014 (1945)
ISBN 9780141395975