Thursday, November 2, 2017

Remembering James Thurber

American humorist James Thurber was born on December 8, 1894 and died on this date in 1961. Here are three obituaries dating from the days after his passing. The authors are writer Lewis Gannett, sportswriter Red Smith, and New Yorker editor William Shawn who turns over more than half the printed page to the reminiscences of Thurber's friend E. B. White.

"A case could be made for the statement that Thurber is the most widely known American artist in the world today."
Lewis Gannett,
  "James Thurber:  'Pre-Intentionalist'"
Herald Tribune Books, November 12, 1962, page 5

"Jim Thurber was the greatest humorist of his time and probably, as the obituary suggested, America's greatest since Mark Twain."
Red Smith, "Jim Thurber"
The New York Herald Tribune, [November] 1961

"Certainly there will never be an issue of The New Yorker of which Thurber is not a part."
William Shawn
and E. B. White, "James Thurber"
The New Yorker, November 11, 1961, page 247

Note:  If you've got original art by the great James Thurber, I'd love to see it.

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