By James Thurber
Thurber is one other a type of nearly-forgotten geniuses of yankee humor established on the New Yorker. worthy reading.
Another choice of Thurberiana, distinctive in that it includes a peppering of the author's favorites, additionally an advent to his
"serious comedy." one of the 32 tales lurk joyosities corresponding to "The woman of Orlon," "The Psychosemanticist Will See you currently,
Mr. Thurber," "Get Thee to a Monastery" and "The Moribundant lifestyles, or become older besides Whom?"
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