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James Grover Thurber, (USA, 1894-1961) a lanky Ohio-born journalist, came to national attention after his sketches, both graphic and verbal, began appearing in The New Yorker in the 1930's. ("His pictures sell like hot cakes," a Thurber fan remarked, "and look like them, too.")

In 1933 the publication of My Life and Hard Times, loosely based on the scenes and characters of his Colombus boyhood, made Thurber the most popular humorist in America: so popular that he was compared to Mark Twain, which annoyed him. (Some of his relatives were not happy with the book, charging that Thurber had made fun of the ancestors whose foibles he had so lovingly and accurately immortalized.)

In addition to collections of his humorous pieces, fables, and cartoons (including the sketches of his immortal "Thurber dog") his works include several fairy tales for children and adults, the later ones illustrated by other artists after Thurber's eyesight (he was left half-blind after a childhood accident with a bow and arrow) had gotten too bad to allow him to draw.

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