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 James Thurber

James Thurber

Birth
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Death 2 Nov 1961 (aged 66)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 50, Lot 1
Memorial ID 1033 · View Source
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Humorist. Born James Grover Thurber in Columbus, Ohio to Mary Agnes Fisher and Charles L. Thurber. A childhood accident cost him the sight in one eye and would eventually lead to vision problems throughout the rest of his life. He attended Ohio State University, though he did not take a degree. During the First World War, he worked as a code clerk for the State Department. In 1921, he took a job as columnist and critic writing for the ‘Columbus Dispatch.' In 1926, he moved to Manhattan where he wrote for the ‘New York Evening Post' briefly before finding a place with the ‘New Yorker' in 1927. He produced his first book in 1929, ‘Is Sex Necessary?' in collaboration with E.B. White. By 1931, his first cartoons began appearing in the 'New Yorker' most notably, dogs. His dog cartoons became ubiquitous, and they dotted the pages of a many books including ‘The Seal in the Bedroom' (1932), ‘ My Life and Hard Times' (1933), ‘My World and Welcome to It' (1942), which included one of his best known works, ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,' and ‘The Thurber Carnival' in 1945. He collaborated with Elliot Nugent in 1940 on the successful play, ‘The Male Animal,' completed shortly before it became necessary for him to undergo a series of eye operations. His remaining eyesight, however, grew steadily worse, forcing him to curtail his drawing; by 1952 he was legally blind, and he had made his last drawing. In 1960, he appeared on Broadway for 88 performances in the revue ‘A Thurber Carnival,' which was based on a selection of his stories and cartoons. He won a special Tony Award for the adapted script. He succumbed to a stroke the following year at the age of 66. A television series based on Thurber's writings entitled ‘My World and Welcome to It' ran during the 1969 season and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. The Thurber Prize, begun in 1997, is presented annually in recognition of outstanding examples of American humor.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1033
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Thurber (8 Dec 1894–2 Nov 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1033, citing Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .