Biography: James Thurber

James Grover Thurber (December 8, 1894 – November 2, 1961) 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.

James Thurber
Black and white photo of Thurber, who is seated in a wing chair looking at a lit match he holds in one hand; his other hand holds a cigarette to his lips.  He has unkempt white hair with a dark streak in the center of his forehead.  He wears dark patterned glasses, a white button-up shirt and a tie.
James Thurber in 1954
Born James Grover Thurber

December 8, 1894

Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Died November 2, 1961 (aged 66)

New York, New York, U.S.
Resting place Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Humorist
Nationality American
Period 1929–1961
Genre short stories, cartoons, essays
Subject humor, language
Notable works My Life and Hard Times,

My World and Welcome to It


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. B. 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.

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