Remember Laughter - A Life of James Thurber Book Summary and Study Guide

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    A native of Ohio and graduate of Ohio State University, Thurber began as a code clerk in the Department of State. After working as a journalist in Paris, he began a life-long association with New Yorker magazine, whose pages were covered with Thurber's short stories and classic cartoons in which his misanthropy is often present as animals aping the behavior of humans and vice vera.
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    Always aware of the frailties and pratfalls of human beings as they faced life's predicaments, Thurber penned among others, "The Middle-Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze" and "The Thurber Carnival." In 1940 he joined Eliot Nugent to write a drama of college life, "The Male Animal," which, along with other Thurber works, was made into a motion picture.

    This funny man's last years were relentlessly bleak. Unable to cope with the loss of his sight, Thurber alienated many of his former colleagues with boring boasts of his past successes.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   physical disability/sickness

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   like laughing How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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