The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is just one of James Thurber's wry, humorous stories in this selection, which contains the best of his short tales, essays and cartoons. Poking fun at his own weaknesses and those of other people (and dogs), they demonstrate Thurber's off-beat, hilarious imagination and his unique take on the world around him.
James Thurber was born in 1894 at Columbus, Ohio. He worked at the American Embassy in Paris from 1918 to 1920, and then turned to journalism. From 1927 onwards he was on the staff of the New Yorker, where much of his work was first published. He died in New York in 1961, and is today recognised as one of America's greatest twentieth-century humourists.