At nearly 1000 pages this handsome volume does full justice to the many manners of Thurber’s genius. Included here are his classic childhood reminiscences ‘The Night the Bed Fell’ (it didn’t) and ‘The Day the Dam Broke’ (it didn’t), his anti-war parable ‘The Last Flower,’ his children’s story ‘The Thirteen Clocks’, hundreds of his inimitable cartoons, and assorted squibs, parodies and jeremiads against the advance of the machine age. Thurber’s work is lasting proof that there is nothing more absurd than the details of everyday life.
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Published by The Library of America
08 December 2013