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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Published: 03.08.2010, Updated: 03.03.2017

Pre-reading activity:

What are daydreams?
Are they important?
Do they have a function at all or are they just a waste of time?
Close your eyes for 2 minutes and enjoy a daydream.

Thurber Cartoon.ilustration.Thurber Cartoon 

James Thurber (1894 - 1961) was an American author, journalist and cartoonist widely recognized for his wit and satirical humor. Walter Mitty was one of his favorite characters, appearing for the first time in a story published  in New York magazine in 1939.

James Thurber's sense of humor was evident in all his work. His cartoons were notable for their simple lines.

All right, have it your way - you heard a seal bark!    (Thurber Cartoon glsims99)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

By James Thurber. Dramatised by Diana Reed.


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