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James Thurber (I) (1894–1961)

James Grover Thurber was born in 1894 in Columbus, Ohio. He began his career as a reporter for the Columbus Evening Dispatch. He became known for his work on The New Yorker, where he was a writer and a cartonist. His most famous story is "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". See full bio »

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 2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (based on the short story by)
 2009 A Unicorn in the Garden (Short) (short story)
 2008 Mr. Pringle Gets Rid of His Wife (Short) (story)
 2003 Mr. Preble Gets Rid of His Wife (Short) (story)
 1984 Hochu lunu (Short) (novel "Many Moons")
 1980 The Greatest Man in the World (TV Movie) (story)
 1972 The War Between Men and Women (writings)
  My World and Welcome to It (TV Series) (writings - 16 episodes, 1969 - 1970) (based on the writings of - 10 episodes, 1969)
- Child's Play (1970) ... (writings)
- Monroe the Mysogynist (1970) ... (writings)
- The Fourth Estate (1970) ... (writings)
- The Wooing of Mr. Monroe (1970) ... (writings)
- Rules for a Happy Marriage (1970) ... (writings)
 1968 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Male Animal (1968) ... (play)
 1966 Alice of Wonderland in Paris (story "Many Moons")
 1963 NBC Children's Theatre (TV Series) (story "The Great Quillow" - 1 episode)
- Quillow and the Giant (1963) ... (story "The Great Quillow")
 1962 Cilali Ibo rüyalar aleminde (story "Secret Life of Walter Mitty" - uncredited)
 1959 The Battle of the Sexes (short story "The Catbird Seat")
 1959 Der Mann im Manne (TV Movie) (novel)
 1959 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
 1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series) (short story - 1 episode)
- The Greatest Man in the World (1958) ... (short story)
 1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- One Is a Wanderer (1958) ... (story)
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Male Animal (1958) ... (play)
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Catbird Seat (1956) ... (story)
 1955 The Remarkable Case of Mr. Bruhl (TV Movie) (writer)
  Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series) (story - 2 episodes, 1953 - 1955) (play - 1 episode, 1950)
- Mr. & Mrs. Monroe (1955) ... (story)
- The Greatest Man in the World (1953) ... (story)
- The Male Animal (1950) ... (play)
 1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Fred Allen's Sketchbook (1954) ... (story)
 1953 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Thirteen Clocks (1953) ... (story)
 1953 The Unicorn in the Garden (Short) (story)
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- A Tale of Two Cities (1953) ... (story)
 1952 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- You Can Look It Up (1952) ... (story)
 1948 Actor's Studio (TV Series) (story - 2 episodes)
- The Night the Ghost Got In (1948) ... (story)
- The Catbird Seat (1948) ... (story)
 1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (from a story by)
 1942 The Male Animal (from the play by)
 1941 Rise and Shine (story "My Life and Hard Times")
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Stage: Wrote (w/Elliott Nugent, also appearing as "Tommy Turner")) "The Male Animal", produced on Broadway. Comedy (revival). Artistic Supervisor: George Schaefer. Scenic Design by Melvin Bourne. Costume Design by Noel Taylor. Directed by Michael Gordon. Music Box Theatre: 15 May 1952-31 Jan 1953 (317 performances). Cast: Robert ... See more »

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A woman's place is in the wrong. See more »


As a child, he was hit in the eye with an arrow. He lost his sight in that eye, and was troubled by vision problems for years, which kept him out of the military. He was totally blind for the last 26 years of his life, but was able to continue writing by dictating to a secretary. Thurber's memory was so strong he could compose a 2,000-word story in his mind, remember it overnight, and dictate it ... See more »

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