The Secret Life of Walter Mitty James Thurber [Am.] 1894-1961. OUTLINE. 1. About the Author. Born Died Occupation Nationality Period Genres Subjects Notable works. December 8, 1894 Columbus, Ohio November 2, 1961 (aged 66) New York, New York Humorist American 1929-1961
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James Thurber [Am.] 1894-1961
December 8, 1894Columbus, Ohio
November 2, 1961 (aged 66)New York, New York
short stories, cartoons, essays
My Life and Hard Times,My World - And Welcome to It
James Grover Thurber
Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?
An ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs.
The short story deals with a vague and mild-mannered man who drives into Waterbury, Connecticut, with his wife for their regular weekly shopping and his wife's visit to the beauty parlor. During this time he has five heroic daydream episodes. Next-page Details
a great commander
a first-rate doctor
a crack shot
a brave solider who could fly a bomber alone
a war hero who was sentenced to death
submissive to his wife
disrespected and scorned by others
Fantasy and reality: escapist and mundane
Success and failure: calmness and courage