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Collected Fables


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James Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1894. Famous for his humorous writings and illustrations, he was a staff member of The New Yorker for more than thirty years. He died in 1961.


James Thurber was a comedic genius. His fables are not simply parodies of Aesop. They are wry, accurate, and powerful reflections of ourselves, our foibles, our follies, and, above all, our self-importance. And they are very, very funny.--Neil Gaiman
"[Thurber] is not only a Landmark in American Humor...in the combination of his prose and pictures he is the funniest artist who ever lived and wrote it too."--New Republic
"Herein lie great words and lines of wit and wisdom as might be read by a father to a son, or, for that matter, a mother to a father while a daughter stands with arms folded and a knowing look."--Elvis Costello
"James Thurber taught me how to read. His pictures were so weirdly intriguing that I had to know more, so into the words I went, and things just got funnier. It's one of the longest and most important relationships in my reading life."--Michael McKean
"There is almost nothing of Thurber that doesn't sing to me as clearly as if he were standing next to me asking why I have a tattoo from "The Moth And The Star." But he was at his best when he set himself extraordinarily tight word limits, and these fables are the result: economical, surgical, and unforgettable."--Keith Olbermann
"These fables are as cogent and necessary today as they were before and after the Great War when Thurber's plainspoken, satiric fables provided a way to speak out in an era of political suspiciousness, false hopes, and mistrust. These fables are, indeed, for our time."--Michael J. Rosen, from the Introduction
"These tiny stories, in which a wide variety of animals show us how human we really are, are completely uproarious."--Saturday Review of Literature

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